Cesc Fabregas has insisted his thoughts are focused solely on recovering from injury and playing at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, not on transfer speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona. The Catalan giants are keen to bring the 23-year-old back to Spain and confirmed this week they have made initial contact with Arsenal regarding the midfielder, although without yet making an offer.
Fabregas, who was on Barcelona's books as a youngster before moving to London seven years ago, has also revealed his desire to return to the club. However, an imminent resolution to the situation seems unlikely, and the player has stated that his mind is now set on international matters and not where he will be playing his club football next season.
A World Cup is too important to think about other things. I'm 100 per cent focused. I will give everything to help Spain be champions.
"I'm very calm," Fabregas said. "A World Cup is too important to think about other things. I'm 100 per cent focused and recovering from the injury, the only important thing is to form part of this team and play in the World Cup. When I play it's always to win and help my team-mates. I will give everything to help Spain be champions."
Fabregas missed the end of the Premier League season after suffering a cracked bone in his fibula during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Barça on 31 March.
However, he said of his recovery: "The feelings couldn't be better after training three days normally. Now it's as if I'm in pre-season, I have heavy legs which is normal at the start."
Fabregas revealed how a valuable discussion with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has allowed him to join the Spain squad with no pressure on his shoulders. The playmaker is waiting for developments, if they transpire, but will not let the issue of his future trouble him.
"I talked with Arsene," Fabregas said. "It was probably the greatest conversation I have had with someone in my life. I respect him so much. I don't want to say too much about this.
I talked with Arsene. He told me to concentrate on the World Cup, he told me to leave it in his hands and he will deal with whatever happens in my future.
"He told me to concentrate on my football, he told me to concentrate on the World Cup, he told me to leave it in his hands and he will deal with whatever happens in my future. And that's what I'm doing, just concentrating on football.
"It's not up to me anymore. It's just now about Arsenal and whoever it has to be, and that's it. I don't want to say anything else. I just want to be focused for the World Cup because it's the most important thing. The rest, the future, I'm not interested in the future."