MADRID – Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has stated he’ll do the whole lot in his energy to guarantee membership nice Lionel Messi stays at the Camp Nou ought to he prevail in January’s election.
Messi, who needed to depart Barca in the summertime switch window after being closely linked within the media with a transfer to Manchester City, is out of contract at the top of June and is broadly anticipated to depart the membership he joined as a youngster.
He is free to negotiate a transfer with international golf equipment from Jan. 1 and City are tipped to make one other try to lure him away.
Laporta, who was beforehand Barca president between 2003 and 2010 and was at the helm when Messi made his breakthrough, stated he understands the Argentinean’s frustration.
He will, nevertheless, try to persuade Messi that the Catalan capital stays the perfect place for him.
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“I don’t believe he has (made up his mind about leaving),” Laporta informed The Guardian.
“I think he’ll weigh up all the options. Messi loves Barca, and I think he’ll consider the proposal the new Barcelona president makes him… If I become president, then I’ll speak to him.
“I can solely think about him in a Barcelona shirt and I’ll do the whole lot potential to guarantee he continues. I do know Leo and what he’s interested by is profitable.
“It’s not about money, never has been; if it had, he would have taken very different decisions throughout his career. We have to work hard to continue that beautiful story: Leo Messi and Barcelona.”