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Messi will leave in summer - Barca presidential candidate

Tue 05 January 2021 | 15:06

Messi does not want to continue at Barça.

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presidential candidate Augsti Benedito has claimed that Lionel Messi is likely to leave the club in the summer.

Messi spent his entire football career in Barcelona, ​​winning 10 La Liga titles and 4 Champions League titles, scoring 644 goals in 750 appearances. He was planning to leave the club last summer. Still, after negotiations between the two sides, it was decided that he would stay at Barça for another year and continue his cooperation.

He has now entered the final six months of his contract and is currently there is no talk between the two side. Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and Inter are among the clubs looking to sign Messi, with Benedito claiming that Messi is likely to leave Barça.

"Keeping Messi would be the best news for the club but I am not very optimistic," Benedito told ESPN. "Given the club's situation, I think it's really important that he stays at Barca, with the understanding that he understands the next two years we have in front us [could be difficult].

"He's been here for 20 years; he's a Barcelona fan and I think he's sensitive to the situation. He has given us so much in the same way that Barcelona have given him a lot and it's time for us all to roll up our sleeves.

"I would have liked him to say in his interview the other week that his desire is to stay at the club, but he didn't and now we have to wait and see. The truth is I am pessimistic.

"Remember that in August he said he wanted to leave after 20 years and now he's still not cleared up what he wants to do. The most likely outcome I see is that he leaves us in the summer."

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