The biggest saga of the ongoing summer transfer window has taken another big twist. Now, as widely reported in the media, Lionel Messi could indeed stay at Barcelona. Of course, not that he has reconsidered on his own but the president’s stubbornness may have played a part.
SPORT state that the Argentine is indeed thinking about this possibility. At the moment, the choice is between leaving without an agreement and risking a huge fine or returning to training.
Of course, even if Messi does stay at Barcelona, it will only be for another year. In January, however, he will be a free agent and will get the chance to sign a pre-contract with another club.
Either way, today could be a very decisive day in this saga as Leo is expected to finally break his silence. Soon, we’ll know if the Azulgranas have to prepare for life without him right now.
Mundo Deportivo, on the other hand, are focusing on Spain’s young squad which included Ansu Fati. Barcelona’s gem made his debut and played a great game.
And not only that but at 17 years and 308 days, he became the second-youngest player to debut for La Roja. An incredible milestone for an incredible player.
Of course, they also had to talk about Messi as well. Indeed, they echo SPORT’s sentiment and say that the Argentine is evaluating his options.
Elsewhere, Ousmane Dembélé is set to be reborn under new coach Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman loves natural wingers and could unleash the young star with great effect.
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’.