Posted on November 25, 2021 at 6.30 a.m. by Th.B.
FC Barcelona could have renewed Lionel Messi's contract, as the Argentinian's primary desire was to extend according to Fabrizio Romano, who also lifted the veil behind the scenes of the PSG and Manchester City offensives.
In the wake of the return of Joan Laporta to the presidency of FC Barcelona on March 7, the brand new Barça boss let Lionel Messi knowthat he had only one ambition: to have his contract extended. The president's determination was such that the Argentinian would also have quickly cultivated this desire, even if it meant rejecting generous offers from Manchester City and especially from PSG . Moreover, the Parisian club, which finally won their case last August, initially suffered a big setback.
“I'm staying at Barça. I want to stay at Barça “
On the occasion of a column for CBS Sports, Fabrizio Romano delivered on the initial refusal of Lionel Messi to join PSG or Manchester City despite the offensive launched by clubs owned by Qataris and Emiratis. “But then, after being elected, Joan Laporta in April and May was going to check Barcelona's financial situation. And it was more than terrible for Barcelona Football Club to have the opportunity to sign top players like Joan Laporta wanted for the summer. He has not yet signed a new contract. Paris Saint-Germain, with the sporting director, Leonardo and Manchester City, with its board of directors, with many people who know Leo Messi so well like Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain. Both clubs, City and Paris Saint-Germain, have approached Leo Messi's side, but the latter's response has been very clear. I am staying at Barça. I want to stay at Barça. I will find an agreement with Barça. And so, no question ”.