Luis Suarez backs Lionel Messi to “retire wherever he wants” as speculation about the future of the Barcelona superstar continues to rage.
The goal has been heard that there will be no decision by the mercurial Argentine on his next move until the end of the 2020-21 campaign. He’s grown tired of constant speculation, scarcely a day passing when it’s not related to a move to Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain.
With the six-time Ballon d’Or winner continuing to run down his deal at Camp Nou, there is no risk of the gossip going anywhere.
If the only club side he has represented throughout his impressive career does not comply with any new terms, then the South American will become a free agent.
Suarez, who spent six trophy-laden years at Camp Nou alongside Messi before joining Atletico Madrid last summer, thinks his former team-mate has earned the right to make his own choices.
Before the all-time great hangs up his boots, he knows something could happen, with the 33-year-old having revealed in the past that he would like to encounter MLS and a return to Newell’s Old Boys before calling it a day.
“I spoke to him this afternoon and he was very pleased with the victory [over Granada],” Suarez told El Transistor. He is the best in the world, he is [playing] at a fantastic standard.
“Messi’s going to retire wherever he wants, and he’s going to be able to decide whether it’s in Barcelona, in Argentina, or wherever he wants.”
When it comes to thrashing out a contract extension for their talismanic captain, Barca has not given up hope. However, financial problems for the Liga giants make it tough, announcing that they are currently in debt of EUR 1.2 billion (£ 1.1b/$ 1.5b).