“Lionel Messi knows at Barcelona that he always has his home”: Joan Laporta
FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that Lionel Messi has his home in the Blaugrana. The seven-time Ballon d’Or has been in impressive form this season for Paris Saint-Germain. He has been the match referee for Christophe Galtier’s side in both the First Division and the UEFA Champions League.
Messi scored 12 goals and provided 14 assists in the 19 games he played this season at the club level. The 35-year-old joined Paris Saint-Germain last season when he had to leave Barcelona due to the club’s financial situation, which did not allow them to renew the Argentine’s contract.
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Meanwhile, Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain will expire next year and the French giants will try to extend it, while his former club Barcelona is also expected to re-sign him. While several reports indicated that clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea and Inter Miami may also enter the race to sign the Argentine star.
Laporta described Messi as the best player to play for Barcelona and did not talk much about his plan for the transfer market regarding him.
Speaking to Sport, the Barcelona president said: “Leo knows that in Barcelona he always has his home. But let me not talk about Leo because he is a player for another team and we will again get into a series of statements and counter-statements that will not benefit us at all. He has a valid contract.” With a European club. I can only say that Leo was the best player in Barcelona’s history.”
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Barcelona had an unforgettable summer transfer period, where they signed players such as Robert Lewandowski, Rafinha and others, but that did not prevent them from exiting the group stage of the Champions League.
“In the summer we started with some plans and practically all the goals were achieved. We have a more competitive and balanced team than last season. We are constantly thinking about how to improve it. Injuries did not allow us to see the full potential of this team with all the new signings.”
The Barcelona president also spoke about the club’s manager and said Xavi has his full support because he knows the club inside and outside the club.
“Not anytime. We have full confidence in Xavi as a coach. And I can assure you that we are very proud of the coach we have. He is a coach who knows the club well and knows the moment he arrives. In addition, he knows how to communicate with the various members of the club about everything that can be improved.
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