Manchester United have given up on Cesc

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has claimed Manchester United has given up their pursuit of midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
According to reports in the Spanish media, Zubi is said to have claimed the Premier League champions have understood the club’s stance on the Spanish international midfielder and have accepted defeat in their pursuit for the player.

United are yet to make a major signing since David Moyes took over the managerial reigns from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of last season and have already seen two bids for the former Arsenal skipper rejected by the Spanish League champions.

According to reports in the Spanish media, the former Spanish international goalkeeper is quoted as saying that Manchester United was interested in signing the player but they have also understood the stance of Barcelona that they are unwilling to sell a player they paid over € 35 million to bring to the Camp Nou just two seasons back and have accepted defeat in the chase for the player.

Fabregas claimed his first ever league title with Barcelona last season but he endured a very tough season for the Catalan giants, having been confined to a bit part role under manager Tito Vilanova. After losing Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich already this summer, it was expected Barcelona would be reluctant to sell another midfielder and Manchester United was hoping the player’s desire for first team football would be something that clinched the deal for them.

But now, it seems Fabregas himself is happy to stay and fight for his place in the Barcelona lineup under a new manager as they prepare for another assault on the UEFA Champions League and look to retain the Spanish League title, leaving United with another headache considering their lack of signings in the centre of midfield.