Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta claims Manchester United have given up hope of signing Cesc Fabregas.

United have had two bids rejected for the 26-year-old despite the Spanish side repeatedly stating he is not for sale.

And amid speculation of a third bid for Fabregas Zubizarreta told Spanish newspaper Sport that United have ended their pursuit of the former Arsenal midfielder.

Zubizarreta was quoted as saying: "Manchester United are interested in the player but it's also true that they understand our position of not wanting to sell.