New president Laporta sees ‘clear signal’ Messi will keep, saying ‘one of the best player on the planet loves Barca!’


Joan Laporta will now flip his consideration to convincing Lionel Messi to remain at Barcelona after successful the membership’s presidential election on Sunday.

He claimed it was a “very telling” second to see Messi vote within the election as a result of it confirmed the ahead’s enduring love for his boyhood aspect.

Laporta’s relationship with Messi dates again a long time, as he was beforehand president from 2003-10. He has used his reference to the Argentine to tout himself as the proper particular person for the presidential place at a perilous second for Barcelona.

What has Laporta mentioned about Messi?

“Seeing Lionel Messi coming to vote right this moment, seeing him participating, that could be very telling,” Laporta mentioned in a press convention.

“Twenty years in the past [he] made his debut with Barca’s youth crew. Seeing one of the best player on the planet come out to vote right this moment is a transparent signal of what we preserve saying. Leo loves Barca.

“The perfect player on the planet loves Barca and I hope that could be a signal that he’ll keep at Barcelona, which is what all of us need.”

Messi’s contract standing

His contract is up this summer time, leaving little time for Laporta to make the case that the attacker ought to re-commit to Barcelona.

Messi’s expiring deal, signed in 2017, is value a reported €555 million (£491m/$674m).

Who has Messi been linked with?

Unsurprisingly, Messi has been attracting consideration from a variety of Europe’s high golf equipment since handing in a proper switch request at Barca again in August.

Manchester Metropolis, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter have all been tipped to make a transfer for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner later within the 12 months, whereas he has additionally admitted {that a} potential swap to MLS holds nice enchantment to him amid reported curiosity from Inter Miami.

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