Javier Mascherano is confident that his team-mate Cesc Fabregas will stay at Barcelona despite increasing speculation that the Spaniard is on his way back to England.
Manchester United have had two bids rejected by the Catalan club for the former Arsenal captain, insisting the midfielder is ‘not for sale at any price’.
Mascherano, 29, believes Fabregas is happy at the Nou Camp.
“I didn’t talk to him but I think he is happy,” the Argentina international told reporters. “I think he is a really key player for us and I think the coach and the people who work here want to keep him.
“I see him here training and he is happy. He grew up in Barcelona and feels the call of the shirt."
The Spain international has told friends he wants to stay and fight for his place at Barcelona.
But former Manchester United defender David May told Sky Sports News Radio on Monday that a move to the Premier League champions would be ‘perfect’ for him.
“I think it’s down to Cesc at the end of the day. If he feels he’s not going to get in front of Xavi and [Andres] Iniesta then the move to United would be perfect for him,” said May.
And the new Barca manager Gerardo Martino, who took over after Tito Vilanova stepped down due to illness, insisted his man was going nowhere.
He said: “Man United want Cesc? If the club rejected two offers, I will reject it a third time. Cesc will be here.”
Fabregas reported back for pre-season training yesterday and underwent a pre-season medical.
He has been on holiday since playing for Spain in the Confederations Cup.
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