According to Veronica Brunati, an Argentine journalist, Lionel Messi has told presidential candidate Joan Laporta that he wants to stay at the club. The news was communicated via Radio Marca.
“I know that Messi has informed Laporta about his desire to stay at the club,” Brunati claimed. Considering the fact that Messi looked to have lost his motivation on the pitch in recent games for Barcelona, this report came relieving to Culés. However, according to the same journalist, “things can change in the coming weeks”.
It is no secret that Messi looks demotivated, especially in his most recent games with Barcelona. The Argentine stated that he wanted to leave in the latest transfer window, but Bartomeu blocked his move, and ‘did not hold his promise’. The president had told him that he could leave at any moment, thanks to how much he has added to the club in the past 16 years.
Having said so, Barcelona has always been Messi’s beloved club, and despite every rumour that has emerged around the legend in the past, Messi stayed. It is believed that his claims regarding a transfer move out of the club came in order to ‘put pressure on Bartomeu’, who has been demolishing the club’s legacy over the past years.
If a promising president will take over the board at the Catalan club, there is no reason for Messi not to stay. Messi and Barcelona lived golden times during Laporta’s earlier reign, with Pep Guardiola as a coach. Despite the fact that Guardiola’s return is not possible because he recently renewed his contract, with a good sporting project, Messi would be more than happy to stay and continue his legacy at Barcelona — and Brunati’s report only confirms this idea.
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