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Valdes and Mascherano confident of Fabregas stay

ESPN staff
July 30, 2013

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes feels confident team-mate Cesc Fabregas will be playing for the Catalans this season.

Manchester United have been chasing Fabregas' signature in recent weeks but Barca have thus far resisted the Premier League champions' advances.

And Valdes echoed the sentiment of both Barcelona officials and players including Alex Song, who have insisted that Fabregas is perfectly happy at Camp Nou.

"I'm confident he'll stay, I have seen him and he's excited about this new chapter [at Barca]," Valdes said.

Valdes, like Fabregas, is a graduate of the famed La Masia academy and revealed at the end of last season that he will leave the club when his contract with the Catalans expires next summer.

Meanwhile, Javier Mascherano also expressed his confidence that Fabregas will stay put.

"I didn't talk to him, but he's happy," Mascherano told Fox Sports Asia. "It's difficult when you have to talk about the personal situation of other players because sometimes you don't know what they really think, but I could see him here training and he's happy.

"He grew up in Barcelona and he feels the colours of the shirt. It's difficult when you grew up here to leave because Barcelona is a big team and a big city, where it's really nice to live and his family is here.

"You can never say no but at the moment I think he is a really good player for us and the coach and the people that work here want to keep him."

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