Joan Laporta, former president of Barça, gave the microphones of ‘Catalunya Ràdio’ the first interview since the announcement of his candidacy for the next presidential elections and Laporta did not hide his desire to have Leo messi, of which he hopes that he will hold out until he knows who will be the new president of the Barça club to define his future.
“We have contact with Leo, me personally. I appreciate it very much and we respect each other. But we have not talked about the renewal, I need to have the authority to be president to value it. Messi is a priority, anyone in the world wants to have it. It guarantees that the team aspires to everything, it makes a difference. It is very important at a sporting level but you also have to think about what Leo produces. There are always imaginative proposals for him to continue at Barça. He loves Barça and he has shown it many times. I insist that I need the authority that the president has to know how the club’s financial situation is, “he said. Laporta, who is aware that the great European teams will try to sign Messi if he does not renew his contract with Barça.
“I hope you wait to find out who the president is and know the proposal that Barça wants to make. I want him to stay at Barça. It is very important that Leo’s career is always a beautiful Barça story. Messi is a person with a lot of personality, he has matured. He knows exactly where he is and what he has to do. Barça is not over, it has happened throughout history. You better stay and try to convince him. Being able to compete with other more powerful offers is complicated, but I don’t think it’s just a matter of money, “he said. Laporta, who did not want to get wet about the possibility of signing Neymar
after the Brazilian’s statements in which he expressed his desire to return to play with Messi the next course.