Mascherano: Cesc happy to stay

Javier Mascherano believes his Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas would find it difficult to return to England.

Last Updated: 30/07/13 at 17:29 Post Comment

Cesc Fabregas: Manchester United transfer target

Cesc Fabregas: Manchester United transfer target

Javier Mascherano believes his Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fabregas is happy in the Catalan city and would find it difficult to return to England.

Former Arsenal midfielder Fabregas has been the subject of two failed bids from Manchester United this summer and while the 26-year-old is yet to publicly reiterate his commitment to the Primera Division champions, the message from the Nou Camp management is clear with new coach Gerardo Martino insisting the player will not be sold.

Mascherano was reluctant to speak on behalf his colleague but remains convinced Fabregas is still settled in Barcelona, two years after he quit London to return to Catalonia.

He told Fox Sports Asia: "I didn't talk to him, but he's happy.

"It's difficult when you have to talk about the personal situation of other players because sometimes you don't know what they really think.

"But I could see him here training and he's happy. He grew up in Barcelona and he feels the colours of the shirt.

"It's difficult when you grew up here to leave because Barcelona is a big team and a big city, where it's really nice to live and his family is here."

Defensive midfielder Mascherano, who usually plays at centre-back for Barca, could not completely rule out Fabregas making a switch to Old Trafford before the transfer window closes on September 2.

"I don't know," the Argentinian added. "You can never say no but at the moment I think he is a really good player for us and the coach and the people that work here want to keep him."

Fabregas' former Arsenal team-mate Alex Song, however, was more certain in his belief that the Spaniard would stay at the Nou Camp for the foreseeable future.

The Cameroonian told sport.es before a friendly game against Legia Gdansk: "I know him well and everything that's been talked about is just speculation. He loves the club and the city and I think he wants to continue with Barca."


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

riting a minute by minute account on Berbatov would be like chronicling the days of the guy punished for sloth in the movie Se7en. Day 4 - lay in bed, did nothing - 15th minute, stood there did nothing .

lustral
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

Footer 365

Champions League review: Big wins for Roma and Porto, Barca edge to victory

Roma and Porto earned big wins in the Champions League, while Barcelona opened their campaign with a narrow victory.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho rues missed chances in Schalke draw

Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's failure to kill off Schalke with a second goal before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's equaliser.

Champions League: Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart left to rue late Bayern Munich winner

Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted Jerome Boateng's late winner for Bayern Munich felt like a kick in the teeth.

Mail Box

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property