By Richard Clarke

Creating headlines is easy these days and, frankly, Arsène Wenger sometimes gets tired of responding to spurious stories.

Take this week’s reports about Barcelona’s interest in Cesc Fabregas. At his usual Friday press conference, the manager rubbished the very notion that he would sell his skipper and joked that he could make a counter inquiry for Lionel Messi. It would be news of course but if he received a valuation of £125 million the deal is never going to actually happen!

“Cesc is committed to the Club,” said the manager. “He has told me that and told that to the press. We cannot master the noises coming out of Spain.

“They have the same problems in the newspapers looking for headlines. When they have no ideas anymore, they come out with a Fabregas story.

“He has corrected those stories. It is not him who encourages the idea. It is the press who encourages the idea. Where does that story come from? Does that come from Fabregas two days ago? It comes from Spain.

“[For example] I have made a bid for Messi and nobody speaks about it,” he joked. Then, with a big smile on his face, the manager said he was quoted £125 million.

“How can people think we will sell Fabregas one day before the start of the Premier League?," he went on.

“We are not in a weak financial position, we don't need to sell anybody. Cesc has always been very committed, this is his sixth year, what he wants is to win trophies for the Club.”

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14 Aug 2009