Fabregas: trained yesterday shortly after news of his move to Chelsea broke. Christophe Ena

Xavi: £30 million man Fabregas 'an important loss to Barcelona'

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insisted the transfer on the eve of the World Cup will have no negative impact on his squad.

CESC FABREGAS IS happy his future is secure after his move to Chelsea, according to the man whose position many thought he would assume at Barcelona.

Speaking at Arena Fonte Nova ahead of Spain’s World Cup opener against the Netherlands, Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez said his erstwhile club team-mate is “very happy” following his £30 million move to Stamford Bridge.

“It is great news for Cesc, I think he is very happy. I see him looking very happy. It’s a great opportunity to be signed by a good team. He was hopeful that would happen,” said veteran playmaker Xavi.

Now he knows what the future holds in store. He is an important loss for Barcelona, but he has decided on his future and looks happy.

“I’m a good friend and I wish him all the very best.”

A product of the famed Barcelona La Masia academy, Fabregas started his professional career with Arsenal before sealing a dream move back to the Catalan giants in 2011, after eight years in North London.

However, despite winning two La Liga titles in three years at Camp Nou, Fabregas has failed to nail down a starting spot in midfield ahead of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

The same trio, plus Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso and Manchester City’s David Silva, are likely to keep Fabregas, 27, out of the starting line-up but he will hope to add to his 89 international caps from the bench tomorrow when the World Champions begin their defence in a replay of their fiery 2010 final win over the Netherlands.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insisted the transfer on the eve of the tournament’s start will have no negative impact on his squad.

“There is no interference whatsoever in the spirit of the squad. Decisions like this are always taken over the course of the summer — players are signed by other clubs — this won’t effect us at all.

“It won’t affect our football or our squad.”

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