Reports from Spain suggest Cesc Fabregas will confirm his future during Barcelona's pre-season tour.
Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino appeared to be a tad contradictory during his post-match comments on Friday.
Having just seen his new side beat Santos 8-0, Martino seemed confident that long-term Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas would be staying at the Nou Camp.
“I would prefer that Cesc stays with us,” he said. “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.”
So there you have it, a new boss pretty sure of the future and happy enough to say so.
Only alternative comments made on the same evening were a little less confident.
“I’ve talked to him. I’ve explained my ideas,” Martino 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.”
He still seemed pretty confident, but there was distinct change between the two comments. You sensed Fabregas was yet to make up his mind, or at least that his boss thought so.
Well that decision appears imminent; with reports from Spanish newspaper El 9 Esportiu claiming Fabregas will announce his future during a press conference on the club’s pre-season tour.
Exactly when is not stated, only that it will be in “the coming days”. And the report goes on to claim the Spanish midfielder will commit his future to Barcelona.
It is a report that must be tempered with a degree of pessimism, because El 9 Esportiu is a Catalan daily sports paper based in Barcelona.
And yet if Fabregas does indeed speak during the club’s tour of Asia, it is unlikely to be to reveal a move to Old Trafford.
A player leaving would almost invariably do so quietly, not reveal it on a tour promoting his soon-to-be-ex employers.
If Fabregas does call a press conference in the coming days, United fans can be sure it isn’t good news.
But the longer he keeps quiet….that could lead to news of a far more welcome kind for David Moyes and his side.
Do you believe the latest reports, or do United still have a chance of signing the former Arsenal man?
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