Cesc Fabregas is ‘fully confident’ that Lionel Messi’s playing days will come to an end at Barcelona after talking to the iconic forward about his future.
Messi, 32, widely regarded as the greatest player in the history of the game, was in his 16th season with Barca’s first-team when the coronavirus pandemic brought Spanish football to a halt last month.
The Argentinian’s friction with Barcelona’s hierarchy has been well-documented in recent weeks – after pressure was put on the squad to take a 70 per cent pay cut amid the crisis – and he’s even been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp.
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Both Inter Milan and Manchester City have been mooted as potential suitors, with Messi reportedly able to leave on a free transfer this summer as part of a clause in his contract.
However, asked about the recent rumours surrounding his former team-mate, Fabregas told Cadena Cope: ‘I speak with Messi and his idea has always been to end his career at Barcelona.
‘Many things can happen at a club but I am fully confident that his career will end at Barca.’
Elsewhere in the interview, Fabregas revealed that he had ‘quite a few options’ to join Real Madrid in his career and refused to rule out a coaching role with Barca’s arch-rivals in the future.
‘You can never say never,’ the Monaco midfielder added.
‘I know this very clearly. As a player, maybe, but as a coach it is different because you can manage 30 teams in your career.
‘As a player the contracts are longer but as a coach you are likely to have many more opportunities because they can kick you out after two days.’
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