Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has dismissed claims Lionel Messi may depart the membership subsequent season by insisting the Argentina famous person will ‘see out his profession’ at Camp Nou.
On Sunday, Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter instructed talkSPORT a switch to Manchester City was an actual chance – however provided that Pep Guardiola left the membership.
It’s believed the 33-year-old, whose contract expires in the summertime of 2021, is fed up with the way in which the membership is being run and is open to a brand new problem.
“The primary membership who has tried to take Lionel Messi away from Barcelona is Manchester City underneath their present possession,” Hunter instructed the Weekend Sports activities Breakfast on talkSPORT.
“If the possession has the thought of taking a 34-year-old Leo Messi, nonetheless in prime situation, one yr after his closing Ballon d’Or if he doesn’t win it once more this season.
“I feel Guardiola has doubts about how properly Messi will work within the system due to the extent of strain and work off the ball.
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Man City may signal Messi subsequent yr if Guardiola leaves the membership, talkSPORT instructed
“He’s allowed to do what he desires at Barcelona but when Guardiola moved on and Messi was free in a years time, Man City’s possession would go hell for leather-based to signal him.”
Nonetheless, Bartomeu has been fast to quash studies of unrest inside Messi’s camp.
“I’m not going to present particulars of the negotiations, however he has stated many instances that he desires to complete his profession at Barca,” Bartomeu instructed Spanish community Movistar+.
“Proper now, we’re targeted on the competitors and there are negotiations with numerous gamers. Messi desires to proceed at Barca and he desires to finish [his career] right here. He has a few years left and we’re going to take pleasure in him for a very long time.”
Messi has as soon as once more been on sensational type this season and on Sunday broke one other private document by claiming his 19th help of the season – his finest ever tally.
One of many assists was a pleasant again heel to Antoine Griezmann, who brilliantly lobbed the Villareal goalkeeper for his ninth objective of the season within the 4-1 victory.