I'm going nowhere! Fabregas up for Barca fight as he eyes Champions League revenge
06:15 GMT, 17 September 2012
Cesc Fabregas has backed himself to win his fight for a place in the Barcelona starting line-up, quashing speculation he could leave his boyhood club.
The former Arsenal captain moved back to the Nou Camp in 2011 for 35million, and despite a flurry of goals early his career, his form has slipped and he is back on the fringes of the first team.
Fabregas recently allowed his frustrations to show in an interview with Catalan radio, leading to talk that he could return to the club where he spent eight years of career.
Not so mellow yellow: Cesc Fabregas is ready to fight for his place at Barcelona
However, the 25-year-old was aware the switch back 'home' would represent a major challenge and he insists he is ready for the fight.
He said: 'I said when I signed here that it was going to be the most exciting and difficult challenge of my life. I knew I was coming to compete for a place against the best players in the world. But I like big challenges.
'If I didn’t I would have stayed at Arsenal where I was the captain, where I played every game and where I was treated so well.
'I have a big heart, a strong character and I have the courage to carry on competing for my place.'
Fabregas moved to the then Spanish champions confident of winning silverware, something which alluded him for much of his time in north London.
Disappointments: Fabregas was the main man but won little at Arsenal
However, Barca were beaten to the La Liga
title by Real Madrid and missed out on a place in the Champions League
final to Chelsea in what proved to be the final straw for Pep Guardiola.
The former manager was Fabregas' idol
growing up at the famed La Masia academy, but now he works under Tito
Volanova and has every hope that his team can avenge their shock
semi-final exit to the 10 men of Chelsea this time around.
Speaking to The Sun, he added: 'To play in the Champions League final at Wembley would be a dream. I would love to be there, that would be something very special.
Frustrations: Fabregas was part of the Barca side knocked out Europe by Chelsea
'Special for me because I love London so much and had eight happy years there. But special for Barcelona too because we have very happy memories there.
'Wembley is a big part of our history. It was at Wembley in 1992 that Ronald Koeman’s free-kick won Barcelona the European Cup for the first time.
'And last year Barca beat Manchester United at Wembley to become the champions of Europe again. People said it was the perfect performance, they praised the “beautiful football”.
'In an ideal world it would be great to play Chelsea in the final and get revenge for last season. That would be unbelievable.'