‘Barcelona is my life’ – Messi affirms love for club but admits they will struggle to get back to the top,
The Argentine has reaffirmed his dedication to the Catalan giants but concedes they face an uphill battle on and off the pitch
Lionel Messi has declared that “Barcelona is my life” as he appears to silence hypothesis surrounding his lengthy-time period future.
After failing to safe a Camp Nou exit over the summer time, the 33-yr-outdated continues to be linked with a departure in 2021 with Manchester Metropolis and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly circling as Ronald Koeman’s facet struggle to carry out persistently in La Liga.
Messi’s present contract with Barcelona expires at the finish of the season with the club at the moment battling monetary issues and sure unable to provide him as a lot as different sides in Europe.
The Argentine has nonetheless spent his whole profession with the Catalan giants and has burdened simply how a lot the club and metropolis imply to him regardless of his current push to depart.
“I am sorry about every part. I at all times mentioned it. Barcelona is my life. I have been right here since I used to be 13 years outdated, I have been dwelling in Barcelona for longer than in Argentina and I discovered every part right here. The club skilled me as a participant,” Messi instructed La Sexta.
“Effectively, the fact is that immediately I am high-quality, it is true that I had a really unhealthy time over the summer time due to how the season ended. Then got here what occurred in summer time, the burofax and all that. The reality is that I dragged it a bit throughout the starting, but immediately I really feel high-quality and wish to battle critically for every part we’ve forward – I am excited.
“I do know that the club is going by a really tough time at club degree and every part that surrounds Barcelona is tough but I’m trying ahead to it.”
At present on an prolonged break from club duties, Messi insisted he is prepared to focus on all issues with Barcelona when it comes to his subsequent step, but made it clear he wasn’t proud of how former president Josep Maria Bartomeu dealt with his scenario in the summer time.
“We had mounted it at the time once we talked about the pandemic … I’m not speaking about this stuff in public, I choose to do it in non-public,” Messi mentioned. “I’m a person of my phrase. We’re going to speak about something.”
On his earlier try to depart Camp Nou, Messi added: “I felt that it was the second for change and I wished to depart and I wished to do effectively.
“Then all that hassle was put collectively. The president at the moment didn’t need me to depart and started to filter issues to make me look unhealthy and to be the unhealthy man in the film and every part that occurred occurred, but I’m nonetheless calm that what I did was what I felt and what I ought to have executed at the moment.”