Cesc Fabregas
Cesc Fabregas moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer Getty Images

Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas claims his manager Jose Mourinho would fit in perfectly with Barcelona's tiki-taka style and reveals he would love to reunite with Lionel Messi at Stamford Bridge.

Reports in Spain last month claimed former Barcelona president Joan Laporta had earmarked Mourinho as his manager if he returned to the club presidency – and was spotted with the Chelsea manager's agent, Jorge Mendes, during a secret meeting in Madrid.

Laporta denied the rumours but asked about that possibility during an interview with Radio Marca, Fabregas said: "I would say that Barça have a style that he has already experienced and understands perfectly.

"We play a very similar game: we want to be the protagonists, have possession and look to score. We may have a different system, but the philosophy is similar.

"Mourinho adapts to the players he has. What makes him so great as a coach is that he adapts to any situation and his teams can play in many different ways. It's a very intelligent way of managing."

Meanwhile, the Catalan midfielder has admitted he would welcome Messi at Stamford Bridge even though, as a Barcelona fan, he would like to see the Argentine legend hang up his boots at the Camp Nou.

Messi's future with the Catalan giants has been under scrutiny since last year and even though Mourinho recently ruled out signing him, the Blues have been linked with his services.

Asked about that, Fabregas said: "I wish! Why not? I'd love that to happen. I'd be all for it."

"As a Barça man, I believe that Messi deserves to retire at Barça for all that he has given the club. He is a legend that has changed Barça history. But, as his teammate and friend, without doubt I'd love to have Leo by my side. This season, Barça are Messi and ten others. Messi has saved his team on many occasions."