Messi? I crossed my fingers that he would stay at Barca – Roberto

Messi? I crossed my fingers that he would stay at Barca – Roberto

Messi? I crossed my fingers that he would keep at Barca – Roberto

Barcelona utility Sergi Roberto mentioned he crossed his fingers that celebrity captain Lionel Messi would stay at Camp Nou.

Messi shocked the world final month when he knowledgeable Barca of his intention to depart the LaLiga giants, with the 33-year-old intending to set off a clause in his contract to stroll away on a free switch on the finish of final season.

Nonetheless, the validity of such a stipulation was murky as a result of marketing campaign being prolonged by the coronavirus pandemic, and six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi in the end opted to stay in Catalonia moderately than problem Barcelona in a authorized battle.

Requested about Messi heading into 2020-21, Roberto informed RAC1: “I assumed the identical as all of the Catalans, that it couldn’t be true that Messi didn’t proceed with us.

“I can not think about a Barca with out Leo and I crossed my fingers in order that he would keep. I see him coaching very nicely. He’s a really skilled participant and I’ve little doubt that he’ll all the time give 100 per cent for this shirt and this membership.”

Ronald Koeman is on the helm as Barca put together for his or her LaLiga opener in opposition to Villarreal on Sunday.

Koeman changed Quique Setien, who was solely appointed in January, after Barca have been dethroned by bitter rivals Actual Madrid in LaLiga and humiliated 8-2 by Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarter-finals final season.

“He [Koeman] has made us work quite a bit,” Roberto mentioned. “The coaching periods have been very lengthy.

“We’re working very nicely. He tells the gamers issues clearly and that’s good for the workforce. I totally belief the coach and all of the gamers.”

In addition to a brand new coach, there are modifications with Barca’s enjoying personnel following Arturo Vidal’s transfer to Inter and Ivan Rakitic’s return to Sevilla.

Full-back Nelson Semedo can also be poised to hitch Wolves within the Premier League, whereas veteran ahead Luis Suarez is reportedly in discussions to swap Barca for rivals Atletico Madrid.

“The president or the brand new coach should resolve who they belief and who they may depend on,” added Roberto.

“I’ve a particular appreciation for Suarez. He’s a participant who has given quite a bit all these years. If he finally ends up leaving, Atletico might be a lot stronger.”

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