Lionel Messi's contract at Barça expires in 2021. - Joma Garcia / Action Plus / Shutterstock / SIPA
Do not panic, Lionel Messi will stay at FC Barcelona. President Josep Bartomeu wanted to put an end to rumors ensuring that the Argentinian, tired of the current atmosphere within the club, would have decided to leave Catalonia at the end of his contract, in 2021. "Normally, we do not extend not on the discussions we have with the players, but it is obvious that we have an obligation to extend it, "said Bartomeu.
“He is the best player in history. He still has many years of football left, and regarding the information that has come out in recent days, I would say that it is still the Cadena Ser, "added President Blaugrana.
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"Messi plans to leave Barça," Spanish radio station Cadena Ser reported on Thursday during its iconic football show "El Larguero". “Right now, Messi's idea is to finish his contract in 2021 and abandon FC Barcelona. Messi has frozen the extension of his contract, "said the radio, which said that Messi was" tired "not to see" arriving a winning project.
Setien still on the job next season
"I feel calm, he has often said that he wants to retire at Barça," tempered Bartomeu. Barça president has also argued that coach Quique Setien, hired on January 12 to replace Ernesto Valverde, will remain in office next season.
"Setien will continue, of course. (…) I am rather satisfied with the progress we are showing on the field, despite the draws. In recent times I have seen a better picture and I hope it will continue to do so, ”said the Catalan leader. “I don't regret the replacement of Valverde. The team needed a boost. Setien knows our DNA, our model, he brought new ideas and he works a lot, "said Bartomeu, despite the likely loss of the title to Real Madrid.
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