Barcelona’s center-back, Gerard Pique, would like to see the six-time Ballon d’Or winner stay at the club.
Barcelona defender urgesLionel Messi
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pushed for a free transfer at the end of the last season, but he stayed when he was told that his contract was legally valid.
While President Josip Maria Bartomeu quit his position, prompting a presidential election set for January, there is no assurance that the new board will be able to convince him to stay, particularly as Barca is in the process of reducing his wage bill.
, however, is not disappointed and thinks that his old friend could be convinced to stay in Barcelona.
Asked by Radio Marca if Messi is set to renew his deal, he said:
“We’ll have to ask Leo, I don’t know. We hope that we will stay. It’s a very personal decision and we’ll see.
“As long as he continues at Barca, there is hope, and we hope that he can be seduced into staying.”
Pique also reflected on Luis Suarez's departure from Barcelona under a cloud in the summer.
"I was very sorry when Luis left, he spent many years at the club and we shared many experiences,” he said. “You play with each other for 90 minutes, but you spend many, many hours with them. We see them every morning, we travel, we are in the hotels, it is as if they was a class-mate.”