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Fabregas has ambitions for Arsenal to defeat Barcelona in CL final

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas would love to lead them to victory over his boyhood club Barcelona in next year's Champions League final at Wembley. The 23-year-old almost moved back to the Catalan club in the summer but Arsenal rejected their advances.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I have strong feelings for Barcelona and they will always be in my head. I try to watch their games most weekends. But my first priority now is Arsenal because I am a professional.

"What happened in the summer didn't damage my reputation at the club or my friendships or relationships there.

"Many of my team-mates are also friends and they know my true feelings.

"It will be spectacular to repeat the Champions League final of 2006 in a stadium like Wembley. And of course to defeat Barca."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was instrumental in convincing Fabregas that his immediate future lay in north London and Fabregas added: "I've never had a problem with the coach. He knows how passionate I am and that I will always give my maximum for Arsenal. I dream of winning the title with Arsenal. I never hid my intentions in the summer. I wanted to play for Barcelona but it wasn't possible and that's finished.

"Now I will always give my best for Arsenal. They are such a special part of my life and I want to be successful here. I will always be grateful to Arsenal."

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