Former Barcelona sporting director: “Messi will stay, I am very certain”

Former Barcelona director Robert Fernandez spoke to Radio Marca, where he talked about Villarreal’s Europa League triumph since he was a former player for the Yellow Submarine, and also discussed the situation surrounding Lionel Messi and Barcelona at the moment.

The Spaniard was the Barcelona sporting director from 2015 through to 2018 under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s tenure. He spoke about the challenges of working at a club like Barcelona in a technical capacity and proceeded to give his thoughts on Messi and even coach Ronald Koeman.

About building and refurbishing the team, Fernandez said: “As a sporting director you always have to reach a consensus. The problem at Barcelona is that it is very difficult to improve the team because it is always good.”

He then commended Ronald Koeman for the great job the Dutchman has done since taking over at Barcelona during a period of immense turmoil and instability.

Koeman has done an extraordinary job, very good. He got them fighting for LaLiga right almost until the end. The team have shown what they are – a great team. At Barcelona, there are no transitional years,” he said.

Fernandez proceeded to comment on Lionel Messi’s continuity at the club, the status of which is currently up in the air: “He will stay, I am very certain. Knowing him, he will stay. I don’t have any information [about Messi], but I have a feeling.”

Messi is currently in Argentina to prepare for the national team’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the Copa America. At the same time, reports state he has already been made a contract offer by president Joan Laporta, which he is yet to respond to and will most likely wait till his international commitments are seen off.

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