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

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Diego Costa gets two assists Chelsea's 3-1 win over Vitesse Arnhem

Diego Costa grabbed two assists as Chelsea beat Vitesse Arnhem 3-1 on Wednesday

Women's football: Natasha Dowie says Fara Williams can earn 200 caps

Fara Williams has enough ability to earn 200 caps for England, according to Liverpool Ladies team-mate Natasha Dowie

Women's football: Dunia Susi and Rachel Brown-Finnis out of England's game with Sweden

England Women’s boss Mark Sampson has been hit by two withdrawals from his squad ahead of Sunday's game against Sweden

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

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