FC Barcelona have an “obligation” to extend the contract of Lionel Messi, said its president Josep Maria Bartomeu Tuesday in an interview with the Catalan radio Rac1, while the future of the Argentine superstar at Barça has been questioned by the press last week.
“Normally, we don’t expand on the discussions we have with the players, but it is obvious that we have an obligation to extend it,” Bartomeu said of Messi. “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 it is still the Cadena Ser, “added President Blaugrana.
“Messi plans to leave Barça,” Spanish radio 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.
“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 do not 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.
Four days before the end of the championship, Barça, second in Liga to four points from Real Madrid (77 pts), resumed colors Sunday after his beautiful victory in Villarreal (1-4), in a candidate for European places, on the 34th day.