Barcelona president Juan Laporta has directly stated that he is trying to bring back Lionel Messi.
According to Spain’s ‘Sport’ on the 15th (Korean time), Laporta revealed that he recently appeared on ‘Els matins TV3’ and had a direct conversation with Messi.
Laporta said: “I had a conversation with Messi about putting the club back in front of him, the best player in the world. “I also congratulated him on winning the World Cup. He’s back. We’ve known each other for years and we have a relationship.”
Messi is likely to leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the end of this season. He is facing the end of his contract without renewing his contract with PSG, and he was also embroiled in controversy when he went to Saudi Arabia after not attending a recent team training without permission. Messi directly issued an apology through social media (SNS), but was booed by fans.
Along with Barcelona, Al-Hilal in the Saudi Arabia league and Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States have been mentioned as Messi’s next destination. In response, President Laporta said, “I salute Saudi Arabia. They are doing very well. But Barcelona is Barcelona. This is his home. Barcelona can compete in all competitions. History proves it, and 400 million fans. They are very strong,” he said confidently. 스포츠토토
Of course, Barcelona’s financial soundness must be secured first. In order to meet the demanding salary cap of La Liga, the first priority is to arrange the salary of the players. Messi’s high salary is still a stumbling block.
Chairman Laporta also hinted that he could not make an unreasonable contract. “We want Messi”, he said, “but we won’t move with high figures to bring him in. The club is on an austerity plan.” It meant that Messi’s salary cut was also necessary.
Regarding the replacement of director Mateu Alemani, who leaves the team at the end of this season, he said, “Deco can replace Alemani.”