Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the Emirates Stadium gates are wide open for Cesc Fabregas to return back in the future.
Midfielder Fabregas, who left for Barcelona in 2011 for £35m, told UK news tabloids the Daily Mail and Guardian he wants to return to Arsenal as a coach when he is done with his playing career.
“I am very happy that a player of his intelligence, technical ability and knowledge of the game would come back one day,” said Wenger.
Fabregas, who made 303 appearances for the north London club and scored 40 goals, also believes Arsenal have the “strength of character” to make a realistic challenge for the Premier League title in the ongoing season.
“I hope he is right on the two sides,” added Wenger. “That he’ll come back shows he has kept fond memories of this club.”