In a long interview broadcast, Lionel Messi hailed Barcelona and called it ‘’my life’’ but remained silent on his future at the club. As he spoke to a Spanish TV La Sexta, he insisted that he was excited to play under the new coach, Ronald Koeman this season.
This all comes after Messi’s attempt to leave the club where he has played his entire professional career.
Messi said at that time, he felt like he ‘needed a change’, but his attempted exit was blocked amid a spat with former Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
However, Messi’s current contract expires at the end of the prevailing season. This will make him a free agent, able to negotiate a move away from Catalonia.
‘’Barca is my life; I’m in love with the club. And the city, my children were born here. It’s true I had a bad time in the summer. It came from everything that happened before the summer, how the season ended, the burofax (how Messi communicated his desire to leave), all of that. I carried it into the start of the season a little bit,’’ Messi said.
Will he stay or not;
The club is set to elect a new president on January 24 since Bartomeu stepped down in October. After the election, the 33-year-old Messi will then talk with the new president on whether or not to extend his career-long stay.
Despite the financial hardships Barcelona is going through due to the coronavirus, Messi says he is motivated to leave.
He also said he knows the position the team finds itself in after his departure. However, that will not deter his motivation.
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