Cesc Fabregas has reiterated his desire to stay at Barcelona and refused to count Real Madrid out of the La Liga title race.
The 25-year-old has been in and out of the side since new Coach Tito Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola in the Blaugrana dugout, but the former Arsenal man insists he feels like a valued member of the team.
“From the day I arrived I have felt like a major player here,” he told a press conference today. “I get on well with my peers, and the team is doing well – that is all that matters.
“I am dedicated to playing for this club. There are people here who have always defended me, and I always give everything in every game. I'm learning a lot. But the only important thing are the results, not me.
“Last year I played every game, but now I am part of the squad. It is the first time that has happened to me, but I am calm. If I keep working I know my luck will change. I feel good. This Barca team is the best of all-time.”
Fabregas then commented on the recent Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow, where a Lionel Messi double saved Barca's blushes with a 3-2 win.
“The match against Spartak was a very complicated one,” he said. “But the important thing was the team's response. Every year, the competition gets more difficult, teams get to know you better. But the response was very good from us.”
The Spanish international also remarked on the current eight point advantage his side have over Real Madrid in La Liga.
“We want to keep this distance between us and Madrid. It's going to be very difficult though.
“Our aim is to keep it, or maybe extend it by the winter break. We are confident in our style, and things are going well. It is too early to say if the league is over. Madrid are a great side.”