ARSENAL midfielder Cesc Fabregas is believed to have split with long-term agent Joséba Diaz over his desire to remain with the Gunners.

It was though that the former Barcelona trainee's representative had been hankering to move his client back to Spain, with Real Madrid the likely suitors.

But according to media reports today the 20-year-old midfielder is believed to have preferred to have continued his development at the Emirates under Arsene Wenger rather than remain with Diaz.