By Chris Harris
 
New Year, same old Cesc Fabregas rumours.
 
A new transfer window has brought a new wave of speculation linking Arsenal's captain with a move back to Spain - either with Barcelona or Real Madrid.
 
When presidential elections loom at either club, candidates tend to bolster their campaigns with promises of star recruits. But while Fabregas' name may appear in the odd manifesto, Arsène Wenger laughs off the suggestion that his skipper is leaving.

"I see that you test my sense of humour in 2010, and am happy to reply to that with a big smile," he responded when asked about the latest speculation at his pre-match press conference.
 
"I cannot do anything [about the speculation], all we can do is talk, and talk and talk.
 
"We have worked very hard with all of our players, and they all have a very long commitment, tied up until 2015. We have a long-term plan to be a winning team, and Cesc Fabregas is part of that."
 
There's a school of thought that suggests Wenger will eventually receive an offer for Fabregas that is too good to refuse. But the Arsenal manager disagrees.
 
"The fee comes only in mind," he said.

"Here we have sport as priority No 1. We can keep thinking like that because we have a healthy management and are not in financial need.

"I have always fought for the club to be in a strong financial decision because I feel any decision we make must have the footballing interest of the Club first."

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