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Rousaud promises to persuade Messi to stay at Barcelona

Sun 03 January 2021 | 15:08

The Argentine is currently in the final sixth months of his contract and he is now free to discuss an end-of-season transfer. However, the presidential candidate vowed to keep the Blaugrana’s star at the club.

Although the 6-time Ballon d’Or winner has been linked with a move to

Manchester City, Inter,

and

Paris Saint-Germain

,

Rousaud

outlined his plans to keep

Barca’s

legend at the club, even in the mean of taking a pay cut off the Argentine’s contract.

"He did not want to leave the club for economic reasons. It was down to the lack of a sports project,"

Rousaud

told Sport.

"I will look him in the eyes and say: 'Your salary is unsustainable, the club cannot pay you. But we are going to launch a project to surround you with young talent.'"

Rousaud

believes the prestige of playing for

Barcelona

will give him the advantage to tempt

Erling Haaland

and

Kylian Mbappe

to join the Blaugrana.

"The market prices in which the players move now are not those of two years ago,"

he said.

"In addition, Barca has something very important: a shirt that has a lot of weight in the world. But of course, we will not stretch the arm more than the sleeve.

"My advisor Josep Maria Minguella has spoken with [Haaland's agent] Mino Raiola to find out the conditions in which he would come and we have started talking.

"For a player like him, being in a club like ours would give him a great showcase worldwide."

Another transfer target

Rousaud

has promised to bring is the club’s former winger,

Neymar

, who joined

Paris Saint-Germain

for a record €222 deal in 2017. The 54-year-old also slammed Barca’s board for wasting

Neymar’s

money on two players that failed to perform up to expectations.

"The money left by Neymar was invested in two players: [Philippe] Coutinho and [Ousmane] Dembele, who have not given the expected sporting result,"

he said.

"And since they didn't work, we signed others. And since we no longer have cash, we started to get into debt.

"They say that Neymar humiliated us. I respect that opinion, but it left us €222 million. If with that money we had signed Mbappe, maybe we wouldn't talk about Neymar anymore."


source: SportMob