UPDATE!! See What Barcelona Are Planning To Do To Keep Lionel Messi Away From Man City
Barcelona will offer Lionel Messi a job for life to stop him signing for Manchester City.
Presidential candidate Victor Font has revealed he has a plan to keep the Argentine legend at the Nou Camp by giving him a “winning project” and a role “beyond the days he is on the pitch.”
Messi is wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola next summer, and his future is a battleground in club elections deciding who takes charge.
Messi has won ten La Liga titles and four Champions’ Leagues in his 16 years at Barca and scored 640 goals, but is unsettled, and wanted to leave last summer.
City could also offer him a long term role in their global football group.
Font says he has a plan for Messi whose contract expires next summer, adding:
“What Messi needs in order to stay at the club is a competitive project. He wants to win – obviously the lack of a project in recent times has affected the way we compete.
“For us, the association between Barca and Messi is very strategic. He’s been at the club since he was 13 and we believe that this association needs to go even beyond the days that he’s on the pitch (post retirement).”
Asked about City’s chances of signing him he said:
“Every time [City coach] Pep Guardiola speaks about this, he says it very clearly that he believes that Messi should stay at Barca and that he’s a Barca one-club man. He wishes that he finishes his career at FC Barcelona.