Lionel Messi ready to leave FC Barcelona in 2021?

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FC Barcelona coach Quique Setién said on Saturday “he will not speculate” about a possible departure of superstar Lionel Messi from club Blaugrana in 2021, the Spanish press said on Thursday.

“I will not speculate on this because I did not hear anything. I did not hear of the fact that he said anything”, dismissed Setién in a press conference before the displacement of Barça (2nd, 70 pts) at Villarreal on Sunday for the 34th day of Liga, to try to catch Real Madrid (74 pts) at the top of the championship.

“Me, I feel it. I repeat that everything else is the only speculation in which I will not enter. There, it is your job. We discuss what we should discuss, without more,” swept the Barça technician.

Setién was asked about the future of the sixfold Ballon d’Or after Spanish radio Cadena Ser said on Thursday evening that “Messi is planning to leave Barça”.

“Right now, Messi’s idea is to finish his contract in 2021 and abandon Barça. Messi has frozen the extension of his contract. Negotiations had started very well, with an agreement between the two parties, but recent events have made Messi reconsidering everything, and for now, he has decided to stop “negotiations around its extension to Barcelona, ​​announced Cadena Ser in an article relayed on his site, Thursday evening.

In addition, Setién returned to his exchange with the French world champion Antoine Griezmann, who entered only in the 90th minute Thursday against his former club, Atlético Madrid, while Barça procrastinated (2-2).

“He is fine, I exchanged a few words with him. He is a great professional, he can understand this situation because he has already experienced it before. He is a professional, and an extraordinary boy. will not affect him, because he is still very positive. We can count on him 100%, “said the Barça technician, appointed in January.

“I talked about hierarchy but I never said that it was indisputable. Griezmann is a huge player, very important for the team. When he plays, you ask me why Ansu (Fati) is on the bench. .. They can’t all play! “Said Setién.

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