Barcelona star Lionel Messi says being reunited with Cesc Fabregas at the Camp Nou would be 'special'.
Arsenal midfielder Fabregas has been the subject of constant transfer speculation as Barca appear keen to take the 23-year-old back to Catalunya.
The 23-year-old began his career at Barcelona but moved to North London when he was just 16, and has proved a real success at the Emirates.
Pep Guardiola has already added David Villa to his ranks this summer, and Messi is hoping Fabregas can join the Primera Liga champions as well.
"I would like to play with Cesc again because I know him like (Gerard) Pique
(from the youth team)," he told Sport.
"We shared many things at that moment, when we coincided in Barca's youth team, and I know what he can give on the pitch.
"We're in contact. We speak and sometimes we send each other messages.
"He wants to come to Barcelona and we're all waiting to see what will happen.
I hope he ends up coming and that we can play together again.
"Nobody imagined that one day we could all be together in Barcelona's first team, especially when Cesc and (Gerard) Pique left.
"For us to be together again would be special, a lovely situation for those of us that were there back then."
Like Fabregas, Pique left the Camp Nou as a youngster to join Arsenal's Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Pique has since returned though, and Messi believes it would be a similar feeling if Fabregas were to go back.
He added: "It would be special to be reunited with Cesc in the same team, in the same way that it happened with Pique when he returned from his spell at Manchester United."