Long-time Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas scored twice last night in Barcelona’s 8-0 thrashing of Santos. And there were conflicting messages after the game as to whether or not the player would be staying in Spain.
New Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino certainly sounded confident when he said, “I would prefer that Cesc stays with us. In fact I’ll be bold enough to say that he is going to stay. This isn’t me being over-confident just what I hope will happen.”
And yet the player’s silence after the match has been taken in some quarters as a sign that he may not hold the same hope as his new coach.
His failure to dismiss the latest United rumours suggests one of two things – either he is contemplating a move or he is seeking an improved contract from his current employers.
Then again perhaps he simply doesn't want to repeat himself having dismissed the possibility of a move earlier this summer.
Further quotes from Martino after the game put the player’s future in a little more doubt though.
“I’ve talked to him. I’ve explained my ideas,” he said. “He’s one of the best in the squad, but there’s also a part that he has to decide.
“If it depends on me, he’ll stay, and I believe he will, so I haven’t thought about who I’d sign to replace him yet.”
So it looks like the Fabregas saga may drag on for a little longer yet.
As will the Wayne Rooney saga, with the latest reports claiming Chelsea are readying a £40million offer to be submitted in the coming days.
This sounds uncannily like a previous report of a fact that failed to materialise, and yet Chelsea may simply be biding their time until United complete some transfer business of their own.
But should David Moyes stand firm on his previous assertions, the England international is going nowhere; which could ultimately lead to a reunion with former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
With reports continuing that Gareth Bale will become a Real Madrid player early next week, so the Portuguese’s future remains in question. Even more so if the latest stories linking Real with a double-swoop for Bale and Luis Suarez prove to be true.
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