Joan Laporta took advantage of the presentation of Eric Garcia to the press on Tuesday to talk about the extension of Lionel Messi to Barça. The president maintains confidence and assures that the Argentinean wishes to stay in Catalonia.
Little by little, the fear of seeing Lionel Messi leaving Barça during the summer transfer window seems to be fading. If the doubt will exist as long as the Argentine has not signed his extension, the lights turn green one after the other. Despite finances in the red and a colossal debt, Joan Laporta showed great confidence on Tuesday on the sidelines of the presentation of Eric Garcia to the press.
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“The extension of Messi will not depend on the audit (financial, carried out within the club). I have already said it, it is progressing well and we hope that it will continue to progress, assured the president of the club blaugrana vis-a-vis the journalists. But for this operation we had made a reservation and we prepared a strategy. Things are going well but nothing is being done. “
Priority to the sportsman for Messi
Anxious to leave Barça during the summer of 2020, Lionel Messi no longer seems so firm on this subject. The return of Eric Garcia, who arrived free from Manchester City, and especially the signing of his friend Sergio Agüero could even make him want to extend with his club forever. The recruitments of the two former Premier League players confirm the ambitions of the team coached by Ronald Koeman.
“As Kun Agüero said we are excited that they are playing together. With Leo it is not about the money. He is very understanding and he wants to continue to have a competitive team and to win. titles, continued Joan Laporta quoted by the Mundo Deportivo site. I insist and I said Monday: none of the recruitments are made in relation to these negotiations with Messi. We know that Leo wants to stay, but as Eric, he had other proposals. We hope that his desire to stay at Barça will also be decisive. “
Free at the end of June, Lionel Messi seemed to be leaving for a long time and several renowned contenders (PSG, Inter Milan or Manchester City) dreamed of attracting him away from Barça.
But for several weeks, confidence is again on the side of Catalonia. According to some Argentinian media, the six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or would now consider extending for two more seasons with the Blaugrana formation.