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Messi confident over Cesc swoop

Barcelona winger Lionel Messi is confident Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will complete his return to the Nou Camp.

Arsenal, who rejected a £30million bid from the Catalan giants at the beginning of the summer, have remained firm in their stance that Fabregas is not for sale. Barca players, many of who progressed through the famous La Masia academy with Fabregas, have long pleaded with him to come back, and Messi has reiterated their desire.

"I hope that the matter can be resolved soon and I'm confident that in the end it will be resolved in the way that Cesc can be a Barcelona player," the Argentina international told Spanish television station Cuatro.

"It is no secret that Cesc is my friend. The whole world knows that and I would love him to sign for Barca."

Fabregas still has five years remaining on his Gunners contract, and on Saturday night manager Arsene Wenger called on the Spain star to make up his mind where his future lies.

The 23-year-old is set to link up with Arsenal after this weekend's Emirates Cup, following his extended break after winning the World Cup with La Roja.

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