- Giovanni van Bronckhorst played at Barcelona between 2003 and 2007
- The 45-year-old has expressed his affection for embattled Lionel Messi
- Van Bronckhorst says he can’t imagine Barcelona without the Argentine player
Former Barcelona midfielder Giovanni Van Bronchorst has stated that it is difficult to imagine the Spanish club without Lionel Messi, urging both parties to seal an agreement for the player to sign a new contract.
Reports from Spain have it that Messi is threatening to leave Barcelona when his contract expires in the summer of 2021 after he has been fingered for many issues at the club.
According to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser radio, the Argentine star has called off negotiations regarding the renewal of his present contract which he signed in 2017.
It was gathered that Messi is upset with the club’s board members about leaked media reports suggesting that he is the one masterminding events at Camp Nou.
One of the allegations insinuates that Messi was the force behind the sacking of former manager, Ernesto Valverde.
But Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has maintained that the player will remain at the club insisting Messi wants to end his career at Camp Nou.
The 33-year-old star and his father Jorge had been in contract talks with Barcelona management recently, but the player has yet to put pen to paper.
Messi hit a major milestone in his football career after becoming the latest player to record 700th senior team goals.
He became the seventh player on the planet to have scored 700 or more goals with his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo occupying the sixth position on the list.
Ex-Blaugrana defender Van Bronckhorst is among those hoping that Messi can be retained at Camp Nou.
He was quoted by GOAL: "I would love to see him be part of Barcelona for his whole career. He will decide himself, but I can't imagine a Barcelona without him."
Legit.ng earlier reported that the vice-chairman of Newell's Old Boys in Argentina Cristian D'Amico has disclosed that Barcelona star Lionel Messi could make a sensational return to the club which he left at the age of 14.
It was gathered that Messi joined the club at the age of six and scored more than 500 goals for their youth teams before Barcelona snapped him up.
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