Mascherano on Fabregas to Manchester United: He's happy at Barcelona

Tough Argentine aims to quell talk of Cesc exit as rumours of Fabregas' Premier League return heighten…

Amid speculation Manchester United are readying a club-record transfer fee in order to sign playmaker Francesc Fabregas, of Barcelona, the midfielder's team-mate - Javier Mascherano - has reiterated the player's happiness at Camp Nou and spoken of how everyone at the club want the former Arsenal star to stay in Spain.

'I didn't talk to him, but he's happy,' Mascherano explained to Fox Sports Asia.

'It's difficult when you have to talk about the personal situation of other players because sometimes you don't know what they really think. But I could see him here training and he's happy. He grew up in Barcelona and he feels the colours of the shirt.

'It's difficult when you grew up here to leave because Barcelona is a big team and a big city, where it's really nice to live and his family is here. You can never say no but at the moment I think he is a really good player for us and the coach and the people that work here want to keep him.'

United manager David Moyes has already had two attempts to sign Fabregas thwarted by the player's employers, however, it is believed the Scot will return a third time with a fee that would far exceed the current club-record £30.75m United paid for ex Tottenham Hotspur striker Dimitar Berbatov, in 2008.

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