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Report: Messi prioritizes Barcelona and will stay if Xavi becomes manager

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Judging by his own otherworldly standards, Lionel Messi’s 2020/21 season has been a mixed bag so far. The Argentine hasn’t exactly been himself since the beginning of the campaign, especially in front of goal, but has still managed to be heavily influential when it mattered.

And many would say that this could indeed be a psychological thing rather than us witnessing a decline of the greatest player who ever lived. After all, he was so close to leaving the club during the summer that it has left him emotionally drained. Even he is surely to be affected by such an unbelievable course of events.

However, despite many rumours seeming to still indicate the opposite, Messi wants to stay after all and according to the reliable Sique Rodríguez from Carrusel Deportivo, he will do so if Xavi becomes the next Barcelona manager.

Of course, the club are not really hiding their attempts to bring the Catalan legend back to the Camp Nou in the managerial role but so far, Xavi wasn’t ready to commit. The official reasons so far have been the lack of experience and insecurity in his own skills but by the time 2021/22 arrives, things might change.

Needless to say, Messi can only be convinced by a good sporting project. After all, he wants to win and be in a winning team and nothing else matters. Of course, his loyalty can hardly be questioned but it does have some limits, as it would seem.

However, with Xavi leading the team in the foreseeable future, the Argentine would be more than happy to stick with the Azulgranas.

Let’s hope it happens.

I’ve been a Barcelona fan for more than half of my life. What started as blind love is slowly turning into professional writing. Now, I get to write about Barca, analyse them, and voice my opinions on them across platforms. I’m happy to be a part of this big project.

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Griezmann jokes when asked about his future following Copa championship: “Ask the president”

Udhav Arora

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After being starved of trophies for two years, Barcelona have won silverware, defeating Athletic Bilbao in the final of the Copa del Rey by four goals to nothing. Lionel Messi was on target twice, while Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann got a goal each as Barça cruise to victory.

Following the game, Griezmann, who opened the scoring for Barcelona, spoke to the media, including about his future. He jokingly replied to that question by saying, “Ask the president.”

He said that he was very proud of the team and how they have managed to turn around the season, “Proud of the team and the work. We know that the season is very long and there are good and bad times. Keep enjoying the team and in the end the reward will come.”

He ended the presser on a celebratory note, saying, “We have to celebrate this title and enjoy it as a result of the work we’ve done.”

The Frenchman has been in excellent form throughout the Copa del Rey campaign and spearheaded the comeback against Granada in the Quarter-finals. He also assisted Gerard Pique for a last minute equaliser against Sevilla when all seemed lost, and has now been rewarded with the first Copa del Rey win of his career. Onto bigger and better things, hopefully.

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