After a summer full of controversy which involved a humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich, the wage-cut chaos pushed on by players, among various scandals by the then-president Josep Bartomeu, Lionel Messi called his time up at Barcelona, wanting to leave the club where he had been for more than a decade.
However, the transfer was pushed back by the Barcelona board after a series of controversy regarding Messi’s release clause and the end of his contract with the club. Finally, the club captain decided to stay put only because he refused to drag the “club he loved to the court.”
Messi talked about his decision, about why he wanted to leave, and how he came to the conclusion, name-checking Bartomeu in the interview. Since that, however, there have been reports afloat which talk about how the Argentine is unhappy at the club which is impacting his performances.
Since his ground-breaking interview in the summer with GOAL, Lionel Messi has finally decided to speak again, and in an interview with Evole, the full length of which is expected to release on 27th December spoke about the happenings in the summer and his intentions in the present and future.
“I had a very bad time, because of the end of the season and because of what happened in the summer. I dragged it at the beginning, but now I feel good, eager, and excited.”
Messi continues on a similar tone, saying, “I know the club is going through a difficult time, at the team and club level, but I am looking forward to it.”
This, in no way, puts an end to the rumours of his leaving, as he continues to be linked with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. It should, however, restore some faith in Barcelona fans’ hearts who were worried about Messi and his increasing disinterest with the Garnet and Blue.
Ousmane Dembélé talks Tuchel, Messi, Eto’o, Laporta
In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ousmane Dembele spilled beans on various topics ranging from football to personal life. The interview was conducted before yesterday’s Clásico.
The French winger is reportedly a player who the new president, Joan Laporta, admires a lot. Even during his campaign, the Catalan lawyer raised the issue of Dembele’s renewal. The club has invested heavily in Dembele and has finally started to reap results.
When asked the question about his contract renewal, Dembele explained: “My future? I still have a year left on my contract. There have been no discussions with the club, I’m happy and I feel good.
“A new president has arrived and I don’t really know him, but he is very close to the players. We’ll see how it goes.”
In all the reports that have come out and interviews given by the young players, all of them have mentioned that the club captain, Lionel Messi shares an exceptional with this new generation of players.
On the same lines the World Cup winner said: “Messi gives confidence to the young players in the team and helps us a lot. He gives me advice.”
Dembele is said to be liking his new role up top in the newly found 3-5-2 system by Koeman. He jokingly said in the interview that the dressing room now relates him to Samuel Eto’o, a former Barça legend: “As I now play up top, they call me Samuel Eto’o in the dressing room.”
The Barça winger had an excellent season at Dortmund which led to multiple European giants going into a bidding war for him.
His strike partner during his days in Germany was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom the Frenchman regarded as `his favorite teammate’. He also said that `Thomas Tuchel is his favorite coach’.