Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas travelled to Barcelona to celebrate his 28th birthday with close friend Lionel Messi, hours after helping the Blues win the Premier League title on Sunday afternoon.
This is according to various Spanish newspapers, including Sport, who have obtained a photo showing Fabregas in Barcelona from Monday.
The friendship between Fabregas and Messi dates back to the early 2000s, when the two players first met in Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy. They have remained very good friends since, while their respective partners are also close.
Despite the fact Fabregas left Barcelona for Stamford Bridge last summer, he still makes every effort to see his old friend, who so happens to be the world’s best footballer.
Prior to this Bank Holiday Weekend, the pair were last spotted in public with their partners at a Colony Club Casino Bar in Mayfair, hours after Messi had scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano.
But with Messi unlikely to leave Barcelona, there’s a chance Fabregas will never get to play a professional match alongside the Argentina international ever again.
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Terry urges Chelsea to hand Drogba new deal
Chelsea captain John Terry hopes the Blues hand a new contract Didier Drogba, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.
Drogba, 37, recently confirmed that he will continue playing beyond this summer - regardless of whether or not he’s still a Chelsea player.
But Terry feels the veteran striker still has plenty to offer the recently-crowned Premier League champions.
“Let’s hope he’s in the camp next season,” Terry was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “He’s got a massive part to play on and off the field.
"He’s shown that on the field but off the field he really has got a massive part to play.”
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Neville: Chelsea will dominate with Gareth Bale
And finally, former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes Chelsea will dominate English football for years to come if they sign Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale this summer.
Neville - who now works as a coach for the England national team, and as Sky Sports’ lead football pundit - feels Bale could take Chelsea to the next level in place of either Oscar or Ramires.
Speaking on Monday Night Football, Neville said: ”If he [Bale] does become available, if Chelsea win that battle and let's say they lose Oscar, or Ramires, or a player like that for £50-60 million, and they get him [Bale] for a net cost of £25m I think the rest of the teams are in trouble for the next couple of years, I really do."
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