Emirates skipper will apparently leave the Gunners sooner or later.
Lionel Messi expects Cesc Fabregas to leave Arsenal eventually and return to boyhood club Barcelona.
Argentine striker Messi, 22, played alongside Fabregas at Barcelona’s La Masia academy before the midfielder left for North London in 2003.
“Cesc has a place for Arsenal in his heart but he has Barcelona in his blood,” Messi told the Daily Express.
“He will want to win the biggest prizes in football and I expect him to do that at Barcelona.”
Fabregas is under contract to Arsenal until 2014 and has pledged his future to the club on a number of occasions.
Despite that, he has been consistently linked with a return to Barcelona, the club he joined as a 10-year-old in 1997.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger underlined the Spanish international’s importance to Arsenal by appointing him club captain in November 2008, having first brought him to the club when he was 15 and overseeing his development into one of the world’s most coveted midfielders.
There are only a few players in the world who can improve this squad we have but Cesc is one of them
Messi is confident, however, that the pair will be reunited once again at the Nou Camp.
“I don’t exactly know when that will be, but I expect him to be my Barcelona team-mate again at some point,” said Messi, who scored his 40th goal of the season in Barca’s 2-0 victory over Real Madrid on Sunday.
“I am sure that Arsene Wenger and Cesc have a father-son relationship and I know that he has a very special relationship with the Arsenal fans.
“When you grow up at a club, it is more than just a club. The coaches, the players, the people in the club will be like family.
“But Barcelona is his city and it is the club of him and his family. There are only a few players in the world who can improve this squad we have but Cesc is one of them.” (BBC Sport)
Now this is just getting ridiculous. Surely this can’t be serious. How can a contracted player so blatantly tap up another team’s contracted player. Arsene Wenger will not be happy with yet another attempt by Barcelona to attempt to unsettle Cesc Fabregas.
Leo Messi is making statements that if made by a club’s manager would certainly breach ‘tapping-up’ regulations and I can only hope that someone investigates these incidents. This isn’t the first time the Nou Camp side have made it clear they want to persuade their former charge to return.
Cesc has made it perfectly clear he is going nowhere but these constant drip drip attempts to sign the Emirates skipper are frankly almost laughable.