The rumor filling the air that Lionel Messi is leaving Barcelona for a switch to the Premier League has been rubbished by the Club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
The Barca’s chief has responded angrily to the claim that the Argentine forward will switch the club for a team in England.
When speaking with 8TV, he said:
People who say Messi is leaving Barcelona should be embarrassed. Messi is recovering for the Madrid-Barcelona game. He is hoping to play El Clasico, but injuries have their process.
Leo and his father said they don’t imagine playing at another club. The relationship with the family is very good. We are not in the negotiation phase yet, when the time comes it will be presented.
He has a contract for the next three seasons. Messi is very angry about the Spanish taxation. It is not normal, the information published on Leo Messi. If his tax advisers have made a mistake they have to pay like everyone else. Messi deserves respect as all do.
Bartomeu while speaking further also talked on Neymar’s conract renewal.
On the renewal of Neymar, this is the season of his renewal, yes. But of course we try not to relay the negotiations and work quietly to be able to announce the extension of his contract.
Lionel Messi is arguably the best player in the world having won the Ballon d’or four times. The highest number of times any player has won the prestigious award.