The start of a new year also means the opening of the transfer window in the world of football. For Barcelona, it may bring about many changes, some of which may not be as pleasant as others. One such thing is the Lionel Messi situation.
With only six months of his contract remaining, the Argentine is now free to negotiate with other clubs, should he wish to do so. SPORT are dealing with exactly that this morning.
His main options, as they suggest and apart from staying in Catalonia, are Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or crossing the pond into the MLS. And all are valid, as it seems, but Barcelona hope that the new sporting project together with a brand new president will be enough to convince him to stay.
Interestingly enough, Mundo Deportivo are dealing with that themselves as they suggest Joan Laporta is the big favourite to win the race yet again.
According to them, with 52% of the votes heading in his direction, Laporta is looking likely to get another shot at the presidency tenure at Barcelona.
This is more than Victor Font, the other favourite, but the paper also notes there are a lot of undecided socis who are yet to cast their vote.
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’.