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Cesc would love to join Moyes at United
Cesc Fabregas has told friends in English football that he wants to quit Barcelona for Manchester United. The Spanish midfielder is the subject of a fierce battle between United and Barcelona, with the Barclays Premier League champions having had a bid in excess of £30million turned down. United manager David Moyes on Thursday told a press conference in Japan that the club’s pursuit of the former Arsenal star was ‘ongoing’ and it is understood that another bid is imminent. But the fact that Fabregas has told friends in England that he wants out of the Nou Camp could finally give United the impetus they need. It is understood Fabregas is attracted by the promise of regular football at United and he is keen to link up again with one of his old Arsenal team-mates, United striker Robin van Persie. Fabregas also believes he can win an English title with United to go with the one he won in Spain’s La Liga last season. The 26-year-old won only an FA Cup and Community Shield during his years with Arsenal. Barcelona’s stance remains obdurate and they continue to tell United their midfielder is not for sale.
In The Sun, Phil Neville claims Moyes was born to manage United. In an exclusive interview, the Reds legend says: “David has been preparing for this job all his life and whether it be at Preston or Everton he has, at the back of his mind, always been thinking that one day he wanted to manage the best. He has the drive and the determination and already he has the respect of the players.”
Elsewhere, Thiago Alcantara says his representatives never made contact with United prior to the ex-Barcelona midfielder signing for Bayern Munich. “The truth is that in no moment did United come to us and talk to us. It came from the press, it was always a lie,” he said.