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Lionel Messi explains how president Bartomeu did not keep his word

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Lionel Messi broke his silence and recently confirmed that he is staying at FC Barcelona. However, for the first time, he publicly spoke out his anger towards the club board – who have been under the radars for a long time now.

“The truth is that there is no project at this club. They just plug holes as and when things happen. I would never go for a war against the club of my life. That’s why I’m staying.”

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Not only did Messi stated that there is no project at the club, he also explained that president Josep Maria Bartomeu did not keep his word.

“Bartomeu always told me that I can decide my future at the end of each season. But he hasn’t kept his word. Now he’s saying I had to communicate it by 10th June. At that time, we were still competing for La Liga, in the middle of a pandemic.”

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Messi also added the reason why he decided to stay:

“I will continue at Barcelona and my attitude will not change, no matter how much I have wanted to leave. I would never take the club of my life to court. That is why I’m staying.””

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So in its simplest form, Leo Messi is staying because he doesn’t want to take his club to the court. We do not deserve this man.

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Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash

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This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.

But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.

He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.

However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.

Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.

After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.

Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.

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