Lionel Messi has revealed he’ll decide over his Barcelona future on the finish of the season.
Messi got here near departing the Nou Camp after handing in a switch request in the summertime however he reluctantly determined to remain on the membership. Barcelona’s former president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted that Messi’s €700m launch clause needed to be met for him to depart.
His feedback, given in an interview with Spanish TV station La Sexta, may alert Manchester Metropolis, who have been closely linked with a transfer for the participant throughout his summer time of uncertainty.
Messi stated: “Nothing can be crystal clear earlier than the top of the yr. I am going to wait till the season is over.
“What issues now is considering the staff, ending the yr nicely and never being distracted by different issues.
“I do not know what is going to occur. I am centered on what we’ve got right here and battling for no matter we are able to.
“I am not excited about how the yr will finish. As of right this moment, it would not be smart for me to say what I’ll do as a result of I do not know.”
Whereas 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 wish to play in Main League Soccer.
“I’ve all the time had the dream of taking part in in one other league, in the US,” he added. “Perhaps it is going to occur, would not need to be immediately. Immediately I’m simply centered on these subsequent six months.”
Concerning a possible reunion with Neymar at Barcelona, Messi stated: “It’s going to be troublesome to usher in gamers as a result of the funds aren’t there. We’ll have to usher in loads of high gamers to get us competing on all fronts once more and so they come at a value. Neymar could be extraordinarily costly.
“How would the membership pay PSG for the switch (of Neymar)? The scenario can be robust for the brand new president, who must be clever and get every little thing so as. Adjustments can be wanted for him to do nicely.
“I do not know if Neymar stated that (that the 2 would play collectively subsequent yr). You’d need to ask him about what he stated. We do chat typically and we’re in contact.”
Messi additionally commented on the sale by Barcelona of Luis Suarez to Athletico Madrid, saying he didn’t perceive how the membership may permit the striker to maneuver to one in every of their principal rivals.
He stated: “What they did appeared loopy to me, due to how he left. He left without spending a dime, paying him his contract and a staff that fights for a similar factor as us.”