Chelsea midfield Cesc Fabregas has admitted that he would love it if his former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi turned down Arsenal and joined him at Stamford Bridge instead.
The 27 year old is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, but has reportedly become dissatisfied with life at the Nou Camp.
As a result, over the last few months Messi has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League.
Some of the clubs thought to be vying for his services include Fabregas’ former club Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, Chelsea have also been linked with a move for the forward.
Fabregas, speaking on Spanish radio, has claimed that it would be exceptional to see Messi join him at Chelsea in the Premier League.
Speaking to Radio Marca, he said:”I wish! Why not? I’d love that to happen. I’d be all for it.
“As a Barca man, I believe that Messi deserves to retire there for all that he has given the club.
“He is a legend that has changed Barca’s history. But, as his team-mate and friend, without doubt I’d love to have Leo by my side.
“This season Barca are Messi and 10 others. Messi has saved his team on many occasions.”
It remains to be seen if the four time Ballon d’Or winner will make a move from Barcelona in the near future, but there has been more speculation over a possible switch recently than at any time in the past.