Would love to see Messi in La Liga: Garcia

Kolkata, Jul 13 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/13/2020 9:44:46 AM IST

Former Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia is hopeful that Lionel Messi will stay on at the Catalan club for many more years.

The 33-year-old is currently contracted until the end of next season with Barcelona holding talks with the ace Argentina forward about an extension.
There is speculation that record six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi is unhappy with the club’s leadership. “I would love to see Messi in LaLiga and Barcelona of course. Even though sometimes people think they struggle, that’s part of the game. I hope he stays,” Garcia, who played for Barcelona in the 2003-2004 season, said during a video conference.
“His home. All the supporters love him not only in Barcelona but around the world. All enjoy watching him play, so hopefully he can stay many years,” added the 42-year old who has also played for Atletico Madrid and Liverpool among other clubs and is a LaLiga ambassador.
Barcelona are currently one point adrift of league leaders Real Madrid but the latter have a game in hand and can go four points clear with two games remaining for the competition to end.
Asked if the team is in transition, Garcia said, “When I signed for Barcelona in 2003, they were in transition and they stayed four-five years without a trophy. Two years later, they won everything. So it could be a moment of transition...if you look at the squad of Barcelona they are looking at a new generation with Riqui Puig, Ansu Fati...players who are adding so much quality.”
“They are bringing youth to the team. So it could be a transition, but in this year if they win LaLiga or Champions League it won’t be a transition. We can talk about that the day they stop winning trophies.”
Meanwhile, Frederic Kanoute, who was also attending the video conference, said Messi has adjusted his game according to his age and thinks one step ahead of everyone, which is why he is one of the best in the business.


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