Lionel Messi has confessed he wished to depart Barcelona when he had been under investigation from the Spanish law enforcement but insists today he plans to complete his career in the club.
In a meeting with Catalan radio channel RAC1, Messi also stated he’d anticipated Neymar to subscribe to Real Madrid last summer after Barca failed to hit an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain.
Asked on Tuesday night when he’d wanted to depart Barcelona, Messi explained: “Back in 2013-14, once I started with the taxation issues, it had been quite hard for me and my loved ones.”
At that moment, I had it in your mind to depart, not because I wished to leave Barca however because I wished to leave Spain. I felt abused and that I did not wish to be here .”
The 32-year-old’s present contract expires in 2021 and Messi believes expanding his deal”won’t be an issue”.
“Nowadays it’s clearer that my thought would be to complete,” Messi explained. “For the way I’m at the club, for exactly what I believe, and for your loved ones and the kids and how depended we’re in this city. I wouldn’t like to interrupt that.
“Obviously anything could happen but in principle, the point is to remain here.”
Messi started playing football obsolete six to Newell’s Old Boys, the Rosario club he affirms in Argentina.
“I always dreamed of having the ability to play for Newell’s and also to have the experience of playing soccer in Argentina,” he explained.
“But I’ve told them that occasionally you need to think of what’s ideal for your loved ones.”
“I honestly believed at once, particularly in this current market, that when he didn’t come here, he’d head to Real Madrid Madrid since I believed that he wished to depart,” Messi explained.
“I needed Ney to emerge as a footballer, he’s among the very best on earth. He’s inconsistent, distinct and with him in our group could have given us more choices.”
Barcelona did signal Antoine Griezmann out of Atletico Madrid, even though him rejecting the Catalans the season earlier.
“The very first year once we wanted to signal Griezmann, I said that he had been among the very best and the very best are always welcome,” Messi explained. “I’ve not had trouble with him arriving. So it is a lie”
Messi also offered his aid to Barcelona trainer Ernesto Valverde, who was under pressure following a bumpy start to the time followed the group’s Champions League collapse against Liverpool in May.
“It wasn’t the trainer’s fault but it was not my choice for him to remain,” Messi explained. “The team chose Valverde would last and for me, that has been a joy, great for equilibrium and he’s a mentor we encourage and love.
“If a different coach comes, we’ll be together with him. To achieve victory, most of us must be united.”
“I am still a little short but I am feeling better,” Messi explained. “My legs hurt from Sevilla but it’s what happens after you return. I am getting closer”