Cesc Fábregas tells Spain team-mates he is leaving Barcelona

Fabregas and Pique

Fabregas and Pique

Gerard Piqué has been caught on camera apparently telling Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Barcelona team-mate Cesc Fábregas is poised to leave the side.

Fábregas returned to boyhood club Barca in 2011 after an eight-year stint at Arsenal and he has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with
Chelsea reportedly keen to sign the 27-year-old midfielder.

Appearing together at a promotional event in Washington, where Spain are preparing the defence of their World Cup crown, Piqué and Del Bosque were recorded apparently discussing Fábregas and a move away from Barca for a fee of €33m (£27m).

“He [Fábregas] told me that it is already done,” Piqué says. “He is leaving already, €33m he said,” adds the centre back, who came through the youth ranks with Fabregas and is a close personal friend of his.

Fábregas returned to Barca just as Pep Guardiola’s stunningly successful side was starting to lose its lustre and he has never fully won over the demanding Nou Camp fans despite scoring and creating plenty of goals.

The Catalan club are trying to rebuild after they ended the 2013-14 season without major silverware and coach Gerardo Martino quit and was replaced by former Barça and Spain midfielder Luis Enrique.{Guardian}