The latest instalment of the, Spanish subtitled, hit soap opera sees protagonist Cesc grow a beard (one of the lesser story-lines, admittedly) and, more importantly, profess his passionate undying love for Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola (or just speak in glowing terms; same difference really).
Indeed, Fabregas told Ona FM radio station that ‘Guardiola has always been my idol’, before thanking the local Catalans for treatment he received whilst in Barcelona recovering from injury last season.
Clearly, speaking so reverentially about their current manager has done little to help extinguish rumours and the belief that Fabregas is Barca bound.
However, the remarks were also, of course, responses to sound-bit loaded questions and so the significance can be embellished. Moreover, the words of reverence seem reasonable given Fabregas grew up in Barcelona and, as an icon of the club, Guardiola is inevitably a figure that a young, ambitious Catalan midfielder would look up to. Hence, this wasn’t just a bit of flirting with the prospective transfer in mind.
Lastly, he also explicitly indicated his admiration for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “He means everything to me. He is the person who put his trust in me” he said. “Without him, I don’t know if I would be a professional footballer today. I owe him a lot and I have a special affection for him.”
Despite this, the comments are at best naïve. Even if they were not meant as indications of a desired move, they clearly add further fuel to the already searing fire, and Cesc himself must surely be aware of this. The deference shown to Wenger could, if we get devious about it, be read as a parting kiss of a man torn between loyalty to his mentor and the promise of trinkets with his idol.
Whatever you decipher, it certainly seems there is, unfortunately, a mounting inevitability that Cesc will be united with his boyhood team and his boyhood ‘idol’.
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