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GC Posted On: Oct 15, 2020

Manchester City-linked superstar Lionel Messi would have no issue adapting to any other league but the “romantic” idea of the Argentina great remaining a one-club man with Barcelona is appealing, says Gaizka Mendieta.
There was a time when the idea of Messi, Barca’s all-time leading goalscorer, departing Camp Nou would have been unthinkable.

But such a notion was a very distinct possibility during a tumultuous period following Barca’s humiliating 8-2 exit at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League in August.

Messi provided Barca with a message notifying the club of his intention to leave, citing his belief that a clause in his contract allowed him to depart on a free transfer.

Both Barca and La Liga disputed his interpretation, stating any potential suitor would have to pay the €700 million (£634m/$820m) release clause or negotiate a fee with Barca.

Consequently, Messi opted to remain at Barca, insisting he did not want to drag the club through the courts. But he hit out at president Josep Maria Bartomeu, before striking a more conciliatory tone, vowing to give his all for the team in the new La Liga season.

Mendieta, who spent a season with Barca in the 2002-03 campaign, told Stats Perform:

“Regarding what happened, it is already in the past.

“We can go into details, but Leo has always shown he is a professional. He has shown it for many years.”

“I think all Barcelona fans, his team-mates and people who work for the club, know Leo will give his 100 per cent this season.

“Whether he leaves or not at the end of the season, the fact is he is here, he has stayed, and he will give his best. I don’t think other thoughts are correct.

“The most important thing is having him, he is a professional and he will give all as he has been given all the time. That’s the key for Barcelona and his fans.”


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