Presidential hopeful Vilajoana believes Messi must be willing to stay

Sat 12 December 2020 | 19:56

Xavi Vilajoana is one of those aiming to gain a charge of Barcelona’s Boardroom, and he likes to see Lionel Messi stay extend his stay at the club.

Xavi Vilajoana

, Barcelona’s presidential hopeful, says

Lionel Messi

must tend to stay at the club to sign a new deal to extend his stay, not be convinced to maintain his relationship with the club.

With his new contract coming to an end, as things stand, from January he will be open to speaking with interested clubs and will drop into the free-agent market at the end of the season.

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, for example, are ready to sign the 32-year-old star, but Vilajoana acknowledges that only the Argentine star will determine what will be his next move.

A man hoping to take control of the boardroom at Camp Nou told reporters when asked about Messi’s ongoing presence:

“He needs to be asked whether he wants to play at the best club in the world or not. Players, sporting-wise, reach a point in their career where their role changes. It's not just him


“When you get older, you need to make the difference in the big games. There are a lot of roles. You need to integrate young players who join into the squad. You need to be a leader and the captain of the club.

“On a sporting level, motivation is vital, especially in you are captain. Motivation comes in to play when you get knocked down. We're seeing right now that when they concede a goal, they don't mount a comeback and this is a symptom of a lack of motivation. It doesn't help either that there are no fans, because they give you energy.

“This is why we need to ask him if he wants to play for the best club in the world. It's not just about convincing him, though - he has to want to do it. That desire comes from the player, and if you compliment that with arguments that help him to make a decision, then even better. The first one who should speak is him, Leo Messi.”

source: SportMob

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