The Spain midfielder, Koke has talked about how he would try to persuade Lionel Messi to move in Atletico from Barca, but confessed it would be hard “for him to get out of there.”
The Spain midfielder is planning for the Madrid derby, with his team in the position of Liga title, with the six-point lead they have over Real Madrid - with an extra six back to Barca.
“It's an exciting game,”
“It's a day that you always mark on the calendar and you face it with enthusiasm and aim to do things well. It's really special and we hope that things go well for us to win it.”
was asked about
’s status at Barca, while the superstar is in the final year of his deal and going for the exit door is possible.
There will be no team that wouldn't want
if he decides to leave, and
would make his club make a proper offering to the Argentina international.
“Leo has made his career in Barcelona, it will be difficult for him to get out of there.
“But why not at Atleti? Sometimes talking with friends we laugh a lot and ask ourselves: How would you convince Messi to come to Atletico?”
would struggle to finance a salary package for
, but feels their trump card is that the team are on the up and challenging for honors.
“Economically it is difficult because you cannot pay the salary that he earns in Barcelona,”
“You never know. Players often measure ourselves by the hunger to win things and things that clubs have not been able to win.”
have Luis Suarez, who is a close friend of Messi and made the move to the Spanish capital from Barca earlier this year.
"Maybe Suarez can convince him,”
“It's football, we have a great squad, the players we have are spectacular and hopefully it will be a great year in the Champions League for Atleti.”