FC Barcelona – La Liga Also discussed European Super League
Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta remains confident that Lionel Messi will stay at the club.
The 33-year-old’s future has been much discussed in the last 12 months, with his contract at the Camp Nou set to come to an end on June 30, but Laporta has lamented the fact that the presidential elections have been pushed back to March 7.
“Messi can be convinced, I think he wants to stay,” Laporta told Onda Cero’s El Transistor.
“The conversation I must have with him will be the serious one, when we can offer him something firm.
“The delay to the elections does not benefit Barcelona or the renewal of Leo, who needs a president and a board of directors to renew.”
Laporta has left the door open for Messi to stay at Barcelona even after his playing days have come to an end, too.
“When he stops playing football, Messi will be given the role he feels comfortable in,” he noted.
“But for the time being he wants to continue playing football. And if he wants to have a football experience in America later on, it would be enriching for everyone.”
The European Super League always seems to be looming, and Laporta stated that he would study his options before deciding whether Barcelona should partake or not, even though previous president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he had signed the club up for it.
“The European Super League also has shadows; it would be a closed league for the first three years but from the third year onwards there are plans for promotion and relegation,” Laporta revealed.
“I believe that they are 18 teams and they would receive 800 million [euros]. The domestic leagues will no longer have the interest they have.
“They have to explain it to me in detail before making a decision on whether or not to be in the Super League.”