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Report: Messi’s intention remains to leave Barcelona

Udhav Arora

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According to a report published by Mundo Deportivo, Lionel Messi has no intention to remain at the Barcelona, and a transfer is imminent.

It seems like there are no new turns in the Messi transfer saga and the Argentine still has his heart set on a move away from the Catalan capital. He was extremely close to leaving the club in the summer of 2020, but a move was halted by club President Josep Maria Bartomeu.

After various press releases and conflicting statements, it was concluded after Messi admitted that the only reason he stayed was that he did not want to “drag the club he loved into a legal battle.”

However, now the reports are clear that Messi’s contract ends in the summer of 2021, and he will be free to leave the club then. This also means that he can start negotiating with possible clubs within two weeks, just when the January transfer window opens.

Manchester City are touted to be the favourites for Messi’s signature, but once the six-time Ballon d’Or winner becomes a free agent, there will definitely be more team that will join the race, including Paris Saint-Germain who boast of Messi’s close friend Neymar Jr within their ranks. It will be interesting, yet heartbreaking to see how this move unfolds.

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Official: Barcelona confirm Pedri muscular injury

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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All victories come with a cost and Barcelona’s great triumph over Sevilla is no exception. Sadly, the Catalans’ young prodigy, Pedri, had to leave the pitch in the second half of the clash and now, the club has officially confirmed that the 18-year-old had sustained a muscular injury.

As of right now, however, we still don’t know how serious it is and we’ll have to wait for further information, which is most likely to arrive tomorrow. Unfortunately, the early speculations are not good as it seems Pedri could indeed be out of commission for a couple of weeks at least.

Needless to say, that’s a huge hit for Barcelona since the schedule is unrelenting. Soon, it will be time to face Sevilla again in the Copa del Rey and also Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Doing so without Pedri could indeed be troublesome.

But we also have to wonder how did it come to this injury. The 18-year-old is a key member of the squad so it’s understandable Ronald Koeman would want him to play all the time.

However, that might be the very crux of the problem too. With so little rest in-between the games, it was just a matter of time before Pedri’s body could take no more.

Still, not all is lost and he should be back in time to help Barcelona finish the season strong. And besides, now the youngster can finally get some well-deserved rest.

Hopefully the team can manage without him for a short period of time.

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