Xavi Hernandez says Cesc Fabregas is ''suffering'' from the drawn-out transfer saga that has kept the Arsenal playmaker from joining Barcelona.

Xavi says he spoke with his Spain teammate recently in Ibiza where Fabregas told him ''he was suffering because he wants to come here. It's what he wants most and he's done all he can to come, he wants Arsenal to let him leave.''

Arsenal has already rejected several bids from the European champions for Fabregas, although Barcelona was reportedly preparing another offer. Barcelona had a bid of ?40 million ($56 million) rejected last year and less than that this year.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Monday the Gunners would ''fight hard'' to keep the 24-year-old Fabregas.