Joan Laporta, a candidate for the presidency of Barcelona, has spoken out about Lionel Messi’s future at the club.
“I believe that if I win, Messi will be more likely to stay at Barcelona, but that does not guarantee it will happen,” Laporta told As.
“Leo knows I’ll love him, and in three or four years, I’ll make sure he exits the club through the front entrance. Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Pique all deserve the same. I will assemble the world’s most powerful team. Messi is well aware of the current economic situation. The other candidates do not have the same level of affection for Messi as I do. Leo seems to want to linger. And if he asks for my opinion, as his father did in 2006 when Leo was offered a celestial contract by Inter, I will tell him not to leave. He relies on the supporters, who appreciate everything he does for the club.”
The presidential election in Barcelona will take place on March 7.