Joan Laporta, Barcelona’s presidential candidate, remains adamant that star player Lionel Messi will stay at Camp Nou despite the club having “lied to him.”
In his demands to leave the Blaugrana last summer, the Argentine superstar was unsuccessful but is now entering the final six months of his deal, with speculation about his future fierce.
The Messi news described Barcelona news this year because the club captain had been finding an exit, while last summer the club stood firm on its future.
Messi, who turns 34 next summers, has remained an iconic star for the Catalan club, for whom he has scored 643 goals in 748 first-team appearances, including nine this season in 17 appearances.
Laporta, who is one of the leaders of the club’s presidential election to be held on 24 January 2021, told ESPN in an interview: “I’m sure Messi wants to stay at Barca. It will rely on the suggestion made to him by the new president. He wants to see that the love sstoryBarca had with the Champions League, but which has been on hold in recent years, has a successful squad to reignite.”