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Barcelona star Fabregas "flattered" by Man Utd interest

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas told BBC Football Focus he was "flattered" by Manchester United's interest last summer. "I do follow the Premier League a lot and it's always flattering when a club like Manchester United talks very well about you and you can see they want you," the 26 year old said.

"But I'm going through an amazing moment [at Barcelona] now." The former Arsenal playmaker, who has won two European Championships and one World Cup with Spain, has been a regular this season for Barcelona, who currently lead La Liga on goal difference.

"I'm playing every week and I feel very important to the team," he said. "I'm very happy right now.

"This season I have felt more like myself, with more freedom and more secure with the way I like to play. It's not easy when you know you have to convince many fans how good you are and how good you can be for the team.

"The manager [Tito Vilanova] has trusted me and given me what I needed. I'm probably going through my best spell here."

The Spaniard said he regularly watched the Premier League on television. And he claims he has seen enough of some of England's young players to suggest Roy Hodgson's national side could have a bright future.

"I have seen youngsters like Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck play and they have got talent," he said.

"That's the thing England have been missing over the years - talent. They have got a great group of boys with amazing talent and they have to take advantage of that."

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