Rumors of Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona began in August last year. The relationship with the club had reached such a stage that he himself wanted to leave. But due to legal complications, he had to stay in Barcelona.
Now the discussion has started anew, will Messi leave Barcelona? According to the Spanish media Marker, the whole picture has changed since Joan Laporta was elected the new president of Bara. Messi wants to end his career in Barca. However, he has given a few conditions.
The conditions given by Messi are that a team should be formed next season so that Barাa can return to its old form. Second, he demanded the inclusion of Erling Holland and Sergio Aguero. Third, it is important for Barcelona to create a new generation. Many more young footballers like Ansu Fati can be taken. Fourth, Messi wants to talk directly with Barca president Laporta if there is a personal problem.
Messi last signed with Barcelona in 2017. According to the agreement, Messi will be able to leave Barca without any money. That condition expired on June 10 last year. To leave Barcelona last year, he had to pay 700 million euros for the release clause.
No club has agreed to spend so much money to take Messi. However, the names of PSG and Manchester City were heard in the list.
Koeman talks Messi, De Jong and Pique ahead of Real Valladolid clash
Koeman on Real Valladolid
We are at a time when we have to go all out. We have to be prepared, you can’t think that it will be an easy game just because of their injuries. We have to go in with a lot of energy and rhythm, and be good with the ball. We have to get back to our level.
Koeman on risking Messi and De Jong
We know that these two players are one card away, but it is not the time to rest players due to cards or freshness. We have ten games left. There is always the risk, but the best thing is to put the team out that I think can win.
Koeman on Pique and Sergi Roberto
They’re training with the team. They’re decisions that we will make on Monday morning after the final session. We will not take any risks, not just for the Clasico, but for any game.
Koeman on Messi contract
It is a really important issue and we will do everything we can for Leo to spend many more years at this club. But, at the moment, it’s not about next season, it’s about the game against Real Valladolid. The president and his people can deal with the future.
As I said a couple of weeks ago, we took advantage of the international break to have a meeting with the president and the board to speak about this season and next season. It happens at all clubs in the world, but the players and I are focused on our upcoming games.
Koeman on if Barca can afford Haaland
I don’t know if it’s possible because we spoke about the future of this team and the final decision is always by the president of the board if something is possible or not. It’s not for me to give an answer to this question because I am not involved in the financial situation of the club. We spoke about how we can improve the team and the final decision is always with the president.
Koeman on Alex Collado
He’s an interesting player, like other Barça B players, but it’s a topic for next season. We have to help them do well in the promotion playoffs and that’s why Ilaix played with them.
Koeman on Laporta
Yes, they have transmitted a lot of confidence and are very happy, but that’s normal after the changes we’ve made. No one could have expected in November to be fighting fore the title and in the Copa del Rey final. So it’s normal but we also know in our world we have to keep working hard, game by game, and once again, as the president said in his inauguration, the confidence is there. Now I have to demonstrate as coach the confidence they have in me.