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The candidate for the presidency of FC Barcelona Joan Laporta has expressed this Thursday his desire that Leo Messi continue at Barça beyond this season and assures that there are “imaginative proposals” to convince him to continue being a “priority” and a benchmark as a Blaugrana.
“There are always imaginative proposals for Messi to like to stay at Barça. There are many proposals to contemplate, but I need the authority that the president of Barça has to see the numbers and be able to talk to him and promise him something, “he said in an interview in ‘El matí de Catalunya Ràdio’ collected by Europa Press.
For Laporta, Messi is a “priority” player. “Every club would like to have him. It guarantees you aspire to win it all. With a good team, make a difference. But it is also important at an economic level, for what it produces because it is from Barça, “he said.
“I hope that if you have offers, you can wait to find out who will be the new president and his proposal. I have a good relationship with him, I talk to him often. I want him to stay at Barça and my intention is, if I win and have authority, to make a serious proposal that I hope he will evaluate and decide what is best for Leo and for Barça, “he said.
But, within those imaginative proposals, he did not define anything. Nor did he want to talk about names, or possible signings. Thus, faced with Neymar’s recent request to play with Messi next year, he was cautious.
“If we go in to say that ‘this or that one will come’ destabilizes the team, the players, I know because I have been president. It is normal for Neymar to say that, they are friends with Messi. But I hope that Leo can wait for the proposal of the new president of Barça, “he reiterated.
And it is that, if he wins, he is convinced that he can carry out his plan; that people and players see Barça with desire. “If I am president, I will return happiness to Barça, and we will give the message to the world that we have returned. We will give good players the illusion by imagining that they could play for Barça. But now, I don’t want to talk about anyone in particular, “he snapped.