Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has made it clear that the priority for him will be to keep Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou.

The Argentine’s contract expires on June 30 next year, while from January 1 he is free to talk to interested clubs.

“We will use all our abilities to keep Messi with us,” Laporta told Radio Marca.

“The sale of Cristiano Ronaldo by Real Madrid had other circumstances; Leo’s case is special. He would be one of the few players, like Pele, who has only played for one team.”

“Leo is not only focused on money. It will be a good economic offer, but we will not achieve what other clubs can offer.”

“I have very good relations with Leo. He loves Barcelona. I am convinced he is awaiting an offer from the new president.”

“We will mainly rely on a competitive team that can win the Champions League. If I make this proposal, will realize it; I am lucky to have Leo’s credibility”, added Laporta.


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