Merida told Marca: “At first I was living with him (Fabregas) and he explained everything to me, for that reason I’ll always be grateful to him.
“I said it a thousand times. Cesc is Cesc and Fran is Fran.
“He made his Arsenal debut at the age of 17, played in the starting XI and made his international debut at 18.
“Doing the same is very difficult, there’s only one Cesc. I understand people compare us for our position and origin.”