Monaco midfielder and former Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas spoke with Goal and opened up to all things related to his former home. That La Masia candidate who was close to Lionel Messi in their time in the youth system also talked about the Argentine superstar and his future at the club.
The buzz surrounding Messi’s potential departure is well documented as Barcelona try to convince the meteoric forward to continue at the club following a disastrous end to the 2019-20 campaign. The 33-year-old is currently with the national team of Argentina in front of the Copa America, after which it is rumored that he will call for his continuity.
Fabregas opened up to Messi’s situation and said: “I do not know what Messi will do, but I hope he stays at the club. It’s a very personal decision, and let’s see how he does and we’ll see what happens. I would like to see him play his football in Barça for many years and be successful because he deserves it for what he has done at the club. ”
As Barcelona struggle with their worst financial crisis in the club’s 122-year history, Joan Laporta has returned to the club for another presidency tasked with overthrowing the debt and getting Lionel Messi to stay. Fabregas also commented on the president, praising the 58-year-old.
“I am very happy that Joan Laporta is President. He is a person with a lot of personality. He is calm, he knows what he is doing and he has experience. I am very positive that he will bring the club back to where it belongs, “ said the Spaniard.
The midfielder also talked about Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard, who he grew very close to during their time at Chelsea. Hazard got big money to move to the Spanish capital, but due to largely injuries, it has not completely panned out that way Galacticos would have hoped.
“He knows what I think because I spoke recently and I told him how I feel. He knows he has been very, very unlucky. As I play, I think I was with him for five years and he was never injured, maybe only twice and mostly just small things, ” said the World Cup.
“He could win the Champions Leagues, the Ballon d’Ors and in terms of talent, he is up there with the best. It’s sad to see it, but I still believe that if the little things that go against him go the other way, then we will see Eden, which we all know and love, ” he added.
In terms of the criticism Hazard has faced, Fabregas compared it to the hard times he endured in Barcelona, saying: “It’s a part of life when you play for one of the best clubs in the world. It also happened to me in Barcelona for good and bad. I played 12 years there and when you win, it’s the best, and when you lose, you take it. ”
“It’s part of the job, the football industry, and you have to swallow it and stay strong. In the beginning, when I was younger, it affected me a little, but then I quickly realized that if they criticize Diego Maradona, Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, why should I not be criticized? ” Fabregas continued.
The 34-year-old then concluded, urging his former team-mate to take it on the chin: “Even though it’s just a bad game, you begin to understand that it is not something personal. It’s just the polemic or spice that makes people criticize someone when they are feeling good. You just have to take it positively and use it as a drive to get better. ”