Fabregas: Messi won't leave Barcelona

The Chelsea midfielder says his good friend has no desire to depart Camp Nou and believes the Catalans will win the treble

Cesc Fabregas says there is no chance of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona because of his love for the club.

It was reported earlier in the season that Messi had fallen out with coach Luis Enrique and the No.10 admitted during an international break in November that he was not certain if he would stay at Camp Nou.

However, both Messi and Barca have enjoyed a remarkable resurgence since the turn of the year, with the 27-year-old inspiring a fantastic run of form that sees the Blaugrana in pursuit of a famous treble.

“Leo loves Barca,” the midfielder told Cadena COPE. “He belongs to Barca.

“When people talk of Barcelona, they think of the face of Leo Messi. For me, he is a living legend of Barcelona.

“In the future, he will decide what to do with his life and his career, but Barca is Leo and Leo is Barca.

“Today, I do not think anyone doubts this.”

Barca are currently four points clear at the top of La Liga with just two games remaining and are already through to the final of the Copa del Rey, where they will face Athletic Bilbao.

On Wednesday, they will look to book their place in the Champions League final when they travel to Germany to take on Bayern Munich, having won the first leg 3-0 at Camp Nou.

“Barcelona have been playing at a devastating level for four or five months,” Fabregas added.

“The three players up front [Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez] and Gerard Pique are at a very high level, and I believe they will win everything this year.

“Luis Enrique has the important control that Barca had during the time of [Pep] Guardiola, but they are now even more lethal.

“They do not need to have the ball to score goals and this makes the team more dangerous.

“They have three exciting weeks ahead of them in which to win titles.”