Lionel Messi put an end to the suspense on Friday by announcing that he would stay at Barça after weeks of doubts about his future. “I would never go to trial against Barça because it is the club that I love, that has given me everything since I arrived, it is the club of my life. (…) I will continue at Barça and my attitude will not change because I wanted to leave “, he said in an exclusive interview with Goal.
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The six-time Ballon d’Or was expected this Monday at the training center and it was present at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper. He trained alone, he who had not passed the coronavirus test, unlike his teammates, last Sunday.
Uncertainty reigns over Messi’s season
Thus, the native of Rosario will be able to begin preparation for the possible last season of his career at Camp Nou, he who is under contract until June 30, 2021. From January, Messi will in fact be authorized to enter into negotiations with other clubs. The Barça captain will have to deal with a group that will be deprived of several of his teammates, given the more than likely departures of Luis Suarez (announced at Juventus Turin) and Arturo Vidal (in the sights of Inter Milan), for example.
“Actually, now I don’t know what’s going to happen. There is a new coach and new ideas. That’s good, but then you have to see how the team reacts and whether or not we will be able to perform at the highest level “, underlined Messi.
Ronald Koeman, his new coach, had had a meeting with Lionel Messi and, according to the Spanish press, the flow had not been the smoothest between the two men. After a blank season with Barça, the first since 2008, number 10 will inevitably be expected, following his expressed wishes.
Barca will host Gimnastic in a friendly at the Johan Cruyff stadium on Saturday, but Messi is unlikely to be involved. He could play against Girona in another friendly, on September 16, ahead of the season opener against Villarreal, on September 27 in La Liga. It remains to be seen in what emotional state Messi will be, possibly frustrated by staying against his will at Camp Nou.