Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed his desire to one day play alongside fellow countryman and Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. The 22-year-old has made more than 160 league appearances for the Gunners since arriving from the Catalan side's youth ranks in 2003. But he has long been linked with a big-money move back to the Camp Nou, with the European champions believed to have been weighing up an offer for his services during the close-season. Fabregas has repeatedly insisted that his No.1 priority remains to finally win another trophy with Arsene Wenger's side following their 2005 FA Cup triumph, but that he continues to hold a huge amount of admiration for the Spanish treble winners. And Xavi, who partnered Fabregas in Spain's Euro 2008 success in Austria and Switzerland, has admitted that he is desperate to see Barcelona bring the Arsenal skipper home, and is confident that he will return one day. "Man, I would really like to play with him," he said in El Mundo Deportivo. "I have always said that I combine well with Cesc in the Spanish team, despite all the critics saying that we cannot play together. "It would give me great pleasure if Cesc came back here. He is a player with Barca DNA in him and he has shown at Arsenal that he can play at a different level.
2 October 2009
"I would really like it if he signed and we could play together at Barca.
"It is obvious that he still has a long way to go in his career, and I think that he will play for Barca."