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Retaining Messi is on a priority level - Presidential candidate Joan Laporta

Retaining Messi is on a priority level - Presidential candidate Joan Laporta

Barcelona Presidential candidate Joan Laporta has revealed in his latest interview that the club will do everything to retain Lionel Messi if he becomes president.

There have been speculations Lionel Messi is likely playing his last season with Barcelona and reports saying he will be reuniting with former manager Pep Guardiola in Manchester City.

Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan and also looking to secure the service of the Argentine and there is also a rumor London side Chelsea might as well be trying their luck to secure his service.

However, presidential candidate Joan Laporta has revealed while speaking with Goal he will do everything to keep Messi at the club as he wished they could celebrate the club's 125th year anniversary together.

"I wish we could celebrate the 125th anniversary at the new Camp Nou and with Leo with us. The issue of the stadium is not easy because it takes two years to build it,' Laporta said

"The issue of Leo is easier than the stadium. It would be very nice to get to this anniversary with Messi, it would be good final fireworks."

Laporta knows the importance of Lionel Messi at the club, therefore, labels having the six times Ballon d'Or winners a top priority.

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"It is very important, on a priority level. Great players have passed through Barcelona, the best in their time, but Leo is special," he added.

"He is the best in the world and surely in history, which is why he is so valued. The issue is so important for Barca that we have to do whatever it takes to maintain harmony.

"If it doesn't happen, we will have to move on, and sooner or later we will have to accept it. He still has a long journey in elite football but everyone's sporting career ends, while Barca continues.

"We are already signing up with new players who are asking for an increase, we must give confidence to the technical secretariat and the coach so that they can count on those already here."

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