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Busquets not expecting Cesc deal

July 15, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Sergio Busquets has suggested Barcelona may have to accept defeat in their bid to prise Cesc Fabregas away from Arsenal this summer.

Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas
GettyImagesCesc Fabregas left Barcelona before Sergio Busquets' arrival in 2005

Busquets, who played alongside Fabregas for Spain at the World Cup, believes Fabregas would be a fine signing but pointed to the fact that Arsenal have so far shown no inclination to allow him to leave.

He said: "He is a great player that would add a lot to the team, but we have to respect that he is owned by another club that is not Barcelona, that he is an Arsenal player and, for the time being, there's nothing to be done."

Lionel Messi, though, is still hopeful an agreement can be reached. "I would be delighted if he came," he said on Wednesday. "We played together as kids [in Barca's youth team] and he knows the club."