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Rivaldo calls on Barcelona to offer Messi a deal he can’t resist

Sun 07 February 2021 | 15:48

Rivaldo has suggested Barcelona trying to tempt Lionel Messi to stay with a contract that includes a clause guaranteeing a job at the club when the Argentine legend decides to hang up his boots.

The Argentina international’s current contract is due to expire in the summer and

Barcelona

have failed to make him sign an extension deal.

Manchester City

and

Paris Saint-Germain

are keen on signing with the Barcelona captain. Barca, however, are desperate to have the 33-year-old’s services in hand.

Rivaldo

thinks that if Barcelona offer Messi a future job, he may change his mind.

A leak revealed details about Messi's contract with Barcelona this week,

” the Brazilian said.

That's not good and is potentially damaging for the club and player, but I think we shouldn't get bogged down in discussing it.

“We need to remember what the player has done for the club. His contribution has been superb for decades, on and off the pitch, so it isn't fair to criticise him about any deal that he might have made for his own protection. 

“Someone decided to leak this information, and they clearly had a bad agenda, seeking to divide the club a bit more in a time when things are already turbulent. 

“Messi tried to leave the club last summer and it looks increasingly likely that he'll get his way at the end of the season. 

“Barca's manager Ronald Koeman has doubts about him staying at the club and even Joan Laporta, favourite to be the next president, only has hope of keeping him instead of a commitment from the player.

“The club should make an effort to keep him if there are the financial resources to give him a long-term contract. 

“It could include a clause about a job at the club when he ends his professional career. This might make him consider signing a new contract. This is just a suggestion and I don't know exactly what Messi's aspirations are when he stops playing football. 

“But Messi will continue to be a huge figure in world football and staying at Barcelona - no matter what his role - would be beneficial to the club.”


source: SportMob

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