Xavi makes another Cesc plea

Barca playmaker reaches out again to Arsenal skipper

XaviI: Has issued another plea for Fabregas to join him at Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Xavi has issued another plea to Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to make his move to the club this summer.

The 24-year-old has been constantly linked with a switch to the Primera Liga and UEFA Champions League holders over the past year, often being cited as the direct heir to Barca's inspirational playmaker, who is 31.

Xavi angered Gunners boss Arsene Wenger with his comments recently by stating that Fabregas was "suffering" due to being told to stay where he was.

Barca have yet to meet Arsenal's £40million asking price for the player and Wenger is keen to keep hold of his star player.

Puzzle piece

Xavi again emphasised the ability his international counterpart possesses, and made his point by claiming Fabregas was "a piece of the puzzle" and was ready to replace him as the focal point in midfield.

"I hope the saga ends," Xavi told German newspaper Suddeutschzeitung.

"Cesc is only 24 and his arrival would ensure the current cycle of Barca continues to work.

"I'm 31 and will retire in two, three or four years.

"I hope he comes."