Lionel Messi to decide Barcelona future in summer

Lionel Messi has revealed he’ll decide over his Barcelona future on the finish of the season.

Messi got here shut to departing the Nou Camp after handing in a switch request in the summer however he reluctantly determined to keep on the membership. Barcelona’s former president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted that Messi’s €700m launch clause had to be met for him to depart.

His feedback, given in an interview with Spanish TV station La Sexta, may alert Manchester City, who have been closely linked with a transfer for the participant throughout his summer of uncertainty.

Messi stated: “Nothing will be crystal clear before the end of the year. I’ll wait until the season is over.

“What issues now is considering the workforce, ending the yr properly and never being distracted by different issues.

“I do not know what’s going to occur. I’m targeted on what we’ve right here and battling for no matter we will.

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“I’m not thinking about how the year will end. As of today, it wouldn’t be wise for me to say what I’m going to do because I don’t know.”

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While he refused to be drawn on his potential subsequent vacation spot, Messi did communicate of his shut friendship with Paris Saint-Germain ahead Neymar, and stated he would at some point like to play in Major League Soccer.

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“I’ve always had the dream of playing in another league, in the United States,” he added. “Maybe it will happen, doesn’t have to be right away. Today I am just focused on these next six months.”

Regarding a possible reunion with Neymar at Barcelona, Messi stated: “It’ll be difficult to bring in players because the funds aren’t there. We’ll have to bring in plenty of top players to get us competing on all fronts again and they come at a price. Neymar would be extremely expensive.

“How would the membership pay PSG for the switch (of Neymar)? The state of affairs will likely be robust for the brand new president, who may have to be clever and get every thing in order. Changes will likely be wanted for him to do properly.

“I don’t know if Neymar said that (that the two would play together next year). You’d have to ask him about what he said. We do chat sometimes and we are in touch.”

Messi additionally commented on the sale by Barcelona of Luis Suarez to Athletico Madrid, saying he didn’t perceive how the membership may enable the striker to transfer to one among their most important rivals.

He stated: “What they did seemed crazy to me, because of how he left. He left for free, paying him his contract and a team that fights for the same thing as us.”

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Ronald Koeman has admitted that Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona is out of his fingers

Koeman: A coach will not affect Messi’s future

Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman was requested whether or not Messi could be extra doubtless to transfer to Paris Saint-Germain when he decides on his future on the finish of the season, with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly set to take over from Thomas Tuchel on the Parc des Princes.

As properly as a transfer to the MLS, a reunion with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has been touted as a possible vacation spot for the Argentina worldwide if he chooses to depart the Nou Camp.

Koeman stated: “I don’t know and I can’t give you my opinion because even if the papers say that he [Mauricio Pochettino] is going to be [Paris Saint-Germain’s] new coach, I don’t know whether it is true.

“We will face one another in two months [in the Champions League round of 16] and for the second we might be relaxed. I do not assume Messi’s determination about his future will rely on a selected coach or a selected nation.

“I think these are choices that must be taken with one’s family. Therefore, I don’t know if a particular coach can have an influence over his future. I don’t think so.

“I’m not going to be extra relaxed as a result of Leo stated he’s going to decide his future on the finish of the season. I haven’t got a say about it.

“All we can do is to put Leo in the conditions to give his best on the pitch and to keep being what he has always been for this club. Then we’ll see what happens.”

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