Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/26/13
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New Barcelona coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino is certain Cesc Fabregas will be part of his team despite interest from Manchester United. The Premier League champions have made two offers for the former Arsenal midfielder for a reported £25million and £30m both of which were rejected by the Catalan club. On Thursday United manager David Moyes told reporters that negotiations for Fabregas were "ongoing" but Martino speaking in his first press conference as coach of Barcelona insisted the player was staying at Barcelona and was part of his plans. He said: "I'm not going to involve myself in the club's accounts but considering the club has already rejected two offers I would guess it will reject a third. In other words he will remain here." The Argentinian coach's words were backed up by vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu who said: "It's logical that we've had offers for Fabregas because he is a quality player but he is not for sale." The 50-year-old coach succeeds Tito Vilanova who resigned from the role last Friday to continue his battle with cancer and the Argentinian began his press conference with a message for his predecessor: "I'm very proud to join this institution with its illustrious history but regrettably I know why I'm here and I'd like to take this opportunity to send my best regards to Tito" he said. "We don't know each other but we spoke on the phone and he welcomed me to the club and wished me good luck and I wished him a speedy recovery." Martino has spent his 15-year managerial career in South America coaching a host of Argentinian club sides most recently Newell's Old Boys where he spent the majority of his playing career plus the Paraguay national team who he led to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2010 and the Copa America final in 2011.
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