Vila-Real (Spain), July 6
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has stated that captain Lionel Messi would finish his profession on the Catalan membership, dismissing a report saying the Argentine not needs to resume his present contract when it expires subsequent yr.
“Messi has said he will end his working and footballing life at Barca,” Bartomeu advised Spanish community Movistar after his aspect beat Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday in La Liga.
“I’m not going to explain the details because we are focused on the competition and we are negotiating with many players but Messi has explained to us that he wants to stay and so we’re going to enjoy him for much longer.”
The 33-year-old Messi, who signed his final contract in 2017, has turn into extra outspoken towards the membership’s hierarchy within the final yr and radio station Cadena Ser stated final Thursday he’s sad with how Barca is being run and needs to go away in 2021.
The win towards Villarreal saved Barca within the title hunt with La Liga leaders Real Madrid, who maintain a four-point benefit after beating Athletic Bilbao 1-Zero on Sunday because of a late penalty by Sergio Ramos.
The spot kick was awarded following a VAR assessment whereas Athletic had their very own penalty enchantment turned down and Bartomeu stated the expertise was not being utilized pretty because the season resumed following the novel coronavirus stoppage.
“I saw the game in Bilbao and although I don’t like to say it, I’ll repeat that VAR is not being used as it should be,” added Bartomeu.
“Since the season returned after the COVID-19 disaster it has not been equal, that has been mirrored within the outcomes and it seems as if it all the time favours the identical group.
“VAR should be there to help out the referee but in the last few weeks everyone has been able to see the instances in which it has not been used fairly.”
Real coach Zinedine Zidane stated he was bored with his aspect’s profitable run being put right down to marginal selections going their manner. Reuters