Barcelona official confirms the stay of Lionel Messi next season amidst exit

Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images) /

Toni Freixa, a plausible candidate for the president post at Barcelona has confirmed that Lionel Messi will stay at the Camp Nou amidst rumors of an exit

The rumours of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona next season continue to grow and it is indeed a cause for concern for the Catalans given how valuable a member the 33-year-old is in the squad. However, Toni Freixa, a candidate for the presidential elections is confident that Lionel Messi will stay at Barca despite Manchester City knocking on the door with a lucrative 10-year-contract, according to GOAL.

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All the candidates for the president post such as Victor Font, Joan Laporta, and Toni Freixa have one common objective and that is to secure and renew Lionel Messi’s contract. The other common objective is to build a winning squad that can win the Champions League which is a trophy that both Barca and Leo Messi have been waiting for a long-time.

Toni Freixa was on an interview recently with CADEN SAR where he stated the following on Leo Messi.

"“Messi has been everything and has to continue; my will is for him to continue, but one day he will have to leave. The day it happens, hopefully it will be never, but it is not a question of taking away my sleep"

Freixa plans to schedule several meetings with the South American footballer if he becomes the next president. The candidate wants to have a face to face conversation with Messi to convince him to continue at Barca and be part of the change that will undergo under the new management.

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Meanwhile, some rumours state that Manchester City will not be making a move for Messi given his age and humongous wages. However, there has been no clarity so far on whether City will or will not make an approach for Messi this January. The uncertainty of Messi’s future continues.