Koeman calm on Messi
The latest information regarding Lionel Messi bodes well for Barcelona supporters, with the dream of an extension possibly set to become a reality.
The early signs of confidence in the Argentine’s Catalan future have come from his coach, who was calm regarding questions on Messi’s future.
“I am not interested because I do not know if it is true,” Koeman said, when drawn on long-standing links to PSG. “That, in the first instance. And second, I hope that Leo continues with us. We have said it several times. For me he has to finish his career here because he has been here all his life, but it is a decision that Leo has to make.”
“I am not concerned at all, I am concerned about tomorrow’s game (against Granada) and winning. What may happen at the end of the season we will see, but today I am not worried.”
Strong and confident words from the Dutchman. Maybe his headstrong thoughts were influenced by what has been ongoing behind the scenes at the Camp Nou.
Messi’s 2-year contract
With Joan Laporta once again the Barcelona president, a brighter future has been touted for the club.
In a week which has seen the club reportedly come close to securing a €500 million sponsorship deal, a positive update on Messi’s contract situation would be the ultimate win this season, barring of course the La Liga title.
🚨 EXCLUSIVA de @10JoseAlvarez 🚨
💰 “LAPORTA está muy cerca de cerrar un PATROCINIO de 500 MILLONES€ para el Barça”
💣”Objetivos: RENOVAR a MESSI y fichar a NEYMAR” pic.twitter.com/rjofripmkD
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) April 28, 2021
Spanish outlet Esport3 claim to have information regarding a meeting between Laporta and Messi, centering around a 2-year contract, followed by a future connection to the US, and place back at the Camp Nou after he retires.
L’exclusiva de @xavitorresll sobre el futur de Leo Messi
▪ Dos anys més amb rebaixa de sou
▪ Embaixador del Barça als EUA
▪ Un futur càrrec en l’organigramahttps://t.co/dpfZLQNhrR
— Esport3 (@esport3) April 28, 2021
The main discussion points were:
- Two more seasons at the Camp Nou
- Barça’s ambassador to the United States
- A position in Barça’s sport structure
With specific mention of David Beckham’s Inter Miami, where a reunion with Luis Suarez is touted, Messi’s playing career at Barca would end after two more seasons.
He would then return from the US to join the club’s off-field team, and help mould the future of the Blaugrana.
The image of Messi playing at another European giant is a difficult one to grasp, with a stateside finish to his career more palatable.
The Argentine is synonymous with Barcelona, and helping to lay out the future of one of the all-time best players would be a huge boost for the club.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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