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Laporta on convincing Messi to stay at Barcelona

Tue 29 December 2020 | 10:36

The presidential candidate believes it is possible to change the Argentine’s mind about moving away to another club.

According to


presidential candidate, Joan Laporta,

Lionel Messi

’s stance with the team is


. The 33-year-old, who revealed his intention to leave Camp Nou during the summer, has yet to decide his next plan as his contract with the Catalonians comes to an end in the final days of the season.

With the club’s financial difficulties at hand, Messi must reduce his contract terms in case of extending his stay, but


believes both problems can be resolved if they remain hopeful.

"They are two things that are the result of poor management. The situation has worsened with Covid, but mismanagement is part of and is the origin of this consequence; having Leo like this,"

Laporta told

AS .

"The two things are reversible. The situation of the club is reversible and the Leo issue, I hope too.”

"I think the most important thing is that Leo said he will wait for a new president to decide and, therefore, he would be willing to listen to Barca's proposal.”

"They told me they would wait until the end of the season. I like to stay with the positive and I think that is very positive."

When asked about his message to Messi, the presidential candidate responded:

"To answer the question, first I have to be president. To see the possibilities that we have in the club to make a good financial proposal."

"And then, the sports proposal has to be competitive. Leo does not move for money, he wants Barca.”

"And then, I think what he really wants is to keep winning the Champions League and Leagues. And there is the key to the issue. Make a competitive proposal."

source: SportMob