Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he wants Lionel Messi to stay with bitter rivals Barcelona as Argentinian ‘wants to leave the club for free if his £ 500,000 a week contract ends next summer’
- Lionel Messi is ready to leave Barcelona in 2021, according to reports in Spain
- Zinedine Zidane insists he wants the Argentinian to stay in the Nou Camp
- The Real Madrid manager says that ‘the best’ players should stay in LaLiga
- Barca has thrown away their lead in the title race amid problems off the field
Zinedine Zidane wants Lionel Messi to remain in Barcelona after the end of his current contract, despite Real Madrid’s fierce rivalry with the Catalan giants.
Speculation about Messi’s future has been widespread in the past 24 hours after the Spanish radio station Cadena SER claimed to be ready to leave the Nou Camp next summer.
But instead of enjoying the prospect of weakening Real’s title rivals, Zidane insists he wants the Argentinian to stay in LaLiga.
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane (right) insists he wants Lionel Messi to stay in Barcelona
Messi could leave Barcelona next summer at the end of his £ 500,000 a week contract
Asked about Messi’s future after his side’s 1-0 win over Getafe on Thursday night, the French said: ‘I don’t know what will happen but we hope not because he’s in this league and we want the best in this competition. “
Internal turmoil at Barca has called into question Messi considering considering moving to another place when his £ 500,000 a week contract expires at the end of next season.
There is growing discontent among the squad with manager Quique Setien, who hasn’t managed to win the locker room since replacing Ernesto Valverde earlier this season.
The club had a small lead over Madrid in the title race before the conclusion of the corona virus, but is now four points behind Los Blancos with five games to go.
It is also said that there is a growing tension between Messi and the club’s £ 108m signing Antoine Griezmann. Since the return of training, the pair has not been in the same group during small matches.
The club’s hierarchy, in particular President Josep Maria Bartomeu, has also been at war with the players for some time, with tensions that flooded during the closure of Spain, when the club wanted to negotiate a cut in wages with its players due to the financial consequences of the suspension of football in Spain.
The 33-year-old Barcelona star is considering his options amid turmoil within the Spanish club
Reports from Spain suggest that Barca’s captain is not face to face with Quique Setien
Allegations surfaced that the players were selfish in refusing to accept a cut in wages, and Messi responded by calling the board of Barcelona.
Messi wrote on his Instagram page: “ We continue to be amazed that there were people within the club trying to put us under the magnifying glass, which pushed us to do what we would always do anyway.
“In fact, if we waited a few days, it was only because we were trying to find a formula to help the club and its staff in such difficult times.”
The scoring machine is also linked to a return to his home country when he decides to quit his career at the Nou Camp.
Cristian D’Amico, vice president of Newell’s Old Boys, where Messi played before being signed by Barca at the age of 14, has revealed that the 33-year-old could make a sensational return to his youth club.
Messi (first row, third from right) signed with Newell’s Old Boys when he was just six years old
“It’s a decision made exclusively by him and his family,” he told TNT Sports. “We have to have the best possible context to make a decision.
“When Maradona came to Newell, no one thought he would come. I hope to do something similar with Leo. ‘
D’Amico added, “Of course that’s not selling smoke. It is a difficult subject.
What Newell fan wouldn’t dream of seeing the best player in the world with their team jersey on? Time can allow such things, you have to be calm. ‘