Lionel Messi has revealed he’ll decide over his Barcelona future on the finish of the season.
Messi got here near departing the Nou Camp after handing in a switch request in the summertime however he reluctantly determined to remain on the membership. Barcelona’s former president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted that Messi’s €700m launch clause needed to be met for him to go away.
His feedback, given in an interview with Spanish TV station La Sexta, might alert Manchester Metropolis, who had been closely linked with a transfer for the participant throughout his summer time of uncertainty.
Messi mentioned: “Nothing will likely be crystal clear earlier than the tip of the yr. I will wait till the season is over.
“What issues now is considering the group, ending the yr nicely and never being distracted by different issues.
“I do not know what is going to occur. I am targeted on what now we have right here and battling for no matter we will.
“I am not occupied with how the yr will finish. As of in the present day, it would not be sensible for me to say what I will do as a result of I do not know.”
Whereas he refused to be drawn on his potential subsequent vacation spot, Messi did communicate of his shut friendship with Paris Saint-Germain ahead Neymar, and mentioned he would sooner or later prefer to play in Main League Soccer.
“I’ve all the time had the dream of taking part in in one other league, in the US,” he added. “Perhaps it is going to occur, would not must be immediately. Right this moment I’m simply targeted on these subsequent six months.”
Relating to a possible reunion with Neymar at Barcelona, Messi mentioned: “It’s going to be tough to usher in gamers as a result of the funds aren’t there. We’ll have to usher in loads of prime gamers to get us competing on all fronts once more they usually come at a worth. Neymar can be extraordinarily costly.
“How would the membership pay PSG for the switch (of Neymar)? The state of affairs will likely be robust for the brand new president, who should be clever and get every part so as. Modifications will likely be wanted for him to do nicely.
“I do not know if Neymar mentioned that (that the 2 would play collectively subsequent yr). You’d must ask him about what he mentioned. We do chat typically and we’re in contact.”
Messi additionally commented on the sale by Barcelona of Luis Suarez to Athletico Madrid, saying he didn’t perceive how the membership might permit the striker to maneuver to certainly one of their major rivals.
He mentioned: “What they did appeared loopy to me, due to how he left. He left without spending a dime, paying him his contract and a group that fights for a similar factor as us.”
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