Mascherano expects Fabregas to reject Man Utd interest

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano has said that he expects his fellow midfielder, Cesc Fabregas, to remain at the Nou Camp beyond this summer, Sky Sports has reported, despite Manchester United making attempts to bring the 26-year-old back to the Premier League.

So far David Moyes’ side have seen two bids rejected for Fabregas, and the Catalans have insisted that he is not for sale at any price. Fabregas has scored 29 goals in 96 games for Barcelona since arriving from Arsenal in the summer of 2011, also impressing regularly for the Spanish national team, and Mascherano believes a move is unlikely.

The Argentina international told Sky Sports News: “I didn’t talk to him but I think he is happy. It is difficult when you have to speak about the personal situation of other players because sometimes you don’t know what they think.

I see him here training and he is happy. He grew up in Barcelona and feels the call of the shirt. It is difficult when you grow up here to leave because Barcelona is a big team, a big city, really nice to live in and all his family is here. 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.

Moyes has spoken openly about United’s bid for Fabregas, but last week he admitted that he was unaware of how the negotiations were progressing as they are being handled by chief executive Ed Woodward.

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