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Xavi begs Arsenal to release 'suffering' Fabregas
Xavi has told Barcelona's official website that Cesc Fabregas is "suffering" because he wants to leave Arsenal and head to the Camp Nou.
Fabregas had indicated last summer that he was keen to return to Barcelona, but Arsenal rejected two bids and stressed that they had no intention of allowing their captain to leave.
It had appeared a move was on the cards this summer when an unnamed Arsenal director told the BBC that Fabregas would be allowed to leave should a suitable bid arrive, but manager Arsene Wenger has since outlined his determination to keep the player at the Emirates.
Xavi has now said: "I spoke to Cesc in Ibiza and he said he was suffering because he wanted to come.
"It's more like he did everything he could to come and wants to leave Arsenal - although he made it clear that now everything depends on the selling club.''
Goalkeeper Victor Valdes also believes Fabregas wants to return but acknowledged it is in Arsenal's hands.
"Cesc wants to return, but it's normal they want him to stay since he's their leader," Valdes said. "Time will tell - it's not up to us."