According to a report published by GOAL, Lionel Messi’s future is still very much in the air as he seems to have made no contact with other clubs, nor has he met with Presidential candidates.
Messi was rumoured to leave Barcelona in August 2020, but after a series of back and forth with then-President Josep Maria Bartomeu, he decided to stay at the club. That said, the links of him leaving did not stop, with Paris Saint-Germain joining the race recently.
Keeping a player, no less the best ever in the history of the club, as a prisoner will definitely have some down-side, which has been reflected in Messi’s attitude on the pitch this season.
Despite being strongly linked to Manchester City, the report states that Messi has not talked to them, or any other team. So much so, that Leo’s father had to step in to dismiss fake news of him talking to the consulate of Qatar in the process to bring his move to PSG to a close.
Messi, who was named as the best right-forward in history of the sport by France Football, will become a free agent in the summer of 2021, which means he will be free to negotiate with the club of his liking starting January. Man City and Barcelona’s Round of 16 opponents PSG are certainly the front-runners, but this could be the time for several other mega-clubs to jump in.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
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.