Chelsea star Francesc Fabregas has admitted that he would love to see Lionel Messi make a move that would see the pair reunited, but isn’t taking part in any convincing it might take to get a deal done.
As relayed by the Daily Star, citing sources in Spain, the former Barcelona man confirmed he had ambitions to play with Messi again, but completely dismissed the speculation suggesting that he could act as an ambassador for Chelsea as they attempt to secure the biggest deal of all time.
Fabregas on Messi rumours
Recent rumours have inferred that the Blues are poised to capitalise on the fact that Messi is out of sorts at the Nou Camp, with murmurs of a bust-up between the Argentina captain and Luis Enrique coming to the fore this past week.
Yet Fabregas has implied that the supposed trouble is nothing more than media outlets latching onto the hype surrounding a previously though unthinkable Messi/Barca breakup.
"Leo will do whatever makes him happy. As his friend and former team-mate, it would be great if I get the chance to play with him again," he said.
"His situation has been made out to be worse than it really is. Messi is happy at Barcelona and the club's happy with him.
"I get a bad feeling about it when people are saying that I am trying to convince Messi to join Chelsea. What makes people think I can discuss contracts? I am just a footballer.
"I get a bad feeling about it when people are saying that I am trying to convince Messi to join Chelsea. What makes people think I can discuss contracts? I am just a footballer"
"I don't really know Luis Enrique. I know Messi, though, and I really doubt that the things people say happened really did happen.
"Leo is a quiet guy and I have never seen anything like that during the three years we were team-mates."
Chances of a move
Regardless of Fabregas’s views however it does indeed look like this is the closest Messi has ever come to abandoning his beloved boyhood club. The mercurial playmaker is reportedly unhappy with Enrique and willing to entertain interest from other clubs providing they are willing to match his incredible wage demands.
Once such club ready to do that is Chelsea, who have the finances in place to not only meet his mooted £200 million release clause but also to pay him a contract that would take the overall cost of the deal to around the £500 million mark.
Without doubt the most costly deal of all time, it would certainly break new barriers in football, though it could be worth it to secure the services of a man many consider to be the best player to have ever lived.
If the impossible does come to fruition, and Messi ends up consenting to a colossal Stamford Bridge transfer, one man who can help settle him in fine will be Fabregas, who himself traded the Nou Camp for west London this summer, and since found himself a hit. The Spain international has 14 assists in all competitions this campaign and has become a lynchpin of Mourinho’s squad.