Barcelona spokesman, Josep Vives, has spoken on Lionel Messi’s reported move from the club.
Vives said he cannot imagine Messi leaving the Camp Nou after Cristiano Ronaldo left Real Madrid to join Juventus earlier this month.
Ronaldo had a release clause worth €1 billion in his contract, but Real Madrid allowed him to sign for Juventus for significantly less amount after he asked to leave.
Messi signed a new deal with Barca in November, with a release clause worth €700m, that ties him to the club through to the 2020-21 season.
“I cannot imagine that situation in which Messi is not with us,” ESPN quoted Vives as saying.
“I am already getting nervous because there have been many days without football [games]. We do not imagine this situation here.”
Earlier in the week, one of Inter Milan’s main sponsors, Marco Tronchetti Provera, the CEO of Pirelli, had suggested that the club’s owners would consider a move for Messi in response to Ronaldo’s arrival to Serie A.
But Inter vice president, Javier Zanetti laughed off that suggestion while speaking to Fox Sports Argentina.
“It’s crazy,” Zanetti said, adding that, “It’s devoid of any truth that we’re going to ask for Messi.”