Cesc Fabregas says he does not mind being dropped to the bench at Barcelona as long as the man coming in to replace him is Lionel Messi.
The former Arsenal captain has been in good form in recent weeks as Messi has recovered from a hamstring injury.
However, Fabregas has not been a regular in the Barcelona starting XI and he is expected to drop back to the bench once Messi returns.
The UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich is on Tuesday and the Argentina international is set to return to the team.
That Messi’s return to the side is likely to be at his expense does not seem to bother Fabregas, due to the importance of Messi to the side’s success.
"Lionel is ready to play in Munich. He is the most important player of the team,” he is reported as saying in the Daily Mail.
“We feel safer with him, as was shown against PSG. Leo offers us things no other player does.
“If I drop out because of Leo I would accept this because he is so important.”
Fabregas has often been deployed as the nominal striker – or, false nine – in Tito Vilanova’s side this season but he feels his best position is elsewhere on the field.
However, he accepts he needs to build his reputation at the club further before he can be given the responsibility and importance he had while with Arsenal.
“I have played as a false nine four or five times but I feel more comfortable playing as an inside left,” he added.
“I accept I am not yet a leader in the way I was at Arsenal. To achieve that here you have to be winning honours time after time.
“I know perfectly what my role in the team is. I feel more comfortable in my second season and I've had more continuity. It's been a big evolution for me.”
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