- Lionel Messi was linked with a move to Join Manchester City during the transfer
- Barcelona president Bartomeu said he refused to sell Messi because of the club's interest
- The Spaniard added that he believes Barcelona will lift a crown this term with Messi
Josep Maria Bartomeu who is the president of Spanish giants Barcelona has stated emphatically that the Catalans will win a title this season with Lionel Messi as the captain.
Bartomeu also claimed that the club never wanted the Argentina international to leave the Camp Nou during the transfer window despite being linked with an exit.
Things turned sour last season at the Camp Nou as Barcelona failed to win any title and also suffered an embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Lionel Messi was livid with the way Barcelona were sent out of the Champions League and handed a transfer request for him to leave.
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It was a tough situation for Barcelona chiefs as they had to invite Lionel Messi's father for talks before he eventually convinced his son to stay.
Messi's current contract at Barcelona will expire at the end of the ongoing League season and Barcelona chiefs are now trying to make him commit his future to the club.
According to the report on GOAL, his decision not to sell Lionel Messi during the transfer window was in the best interest of the club.
The 57-year-old Spaniard explained below.
“Our priority was keeping Messi as part of our new project so I decided against starting a discussion.
“I had been accused of forcing his departure in order to balance our books. Well, no, we put the interests of the club first and didn't want to reinforce a direct rival. We made that decision knowing that we would be criticized for it.
“The project is very interesting with young people and veterans, like Messi. And I think that with him, we are going to win a title this season."
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Barcelona are still reportedly battling to come to terms with their home defeat against Real Madrid and they have issued a complaint against referee Juan Martinez Munuera.
Ronald Koeman and his wards suffered an embarrassing 3-1 defeat against the reigning Spanish champions Real Madrid who are now occupying second position on the League table.
According to the report, Barcelona chiefs were not pleased with the officiating of Juan Martinez Munuera during the El Clasico.
The report added that referee Juan Munuera's father founded a Real Madrid fan club and that their families are supporting the Spanish champions.
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Source: Legit Newspaper