On Thursday, Spanish professional footballer Gerard Pique said that Lionel Messi is not going to leave Barcelona but he takes time to sign a new contract with the Liga side and also said that the Argentine “loves the club more than anybody.”
The five-time world player of the year and Barca’s all-time leading goal scorer fixed a huge new deal with the club on July 5th until 2012 which clause of 300 million euros ($354 million).
Messi has been counseled by agent Mino Raiola to leave F.C Barcelona and prove his magnitude. He has agreed to the new deal but the contract remains unsigned amid doubt over his future at Camp Nou.
When asked by goal.com Raiola said, “A player like Messi must try another experience with a different club and prove how great he is.” The 30-year-old is ready to leave the club for free in January, as his contract expires in June of next year.
Messi’s delay of signing a new deal more than six weeks after concurrent terms has flash panic among the Barca fans.
Talking about the delay in signing of Messi’s new deal, Pique said to reporters at a publicity event for Pokerstars, he said “Everyone has the right to sign when they want, and we hope he signs it as soon as possible but I’m not worried at all about his contract, because I know him and I know what he’s like,” Pique added, “He loves the club more than anybody else.”
The Spanish said that there was no rebellion among The Barca squad and the club’s hierarchy over the manner of Neymar’s leaving. After the announcement, Messi, Pique, and Luis Suarez posted the photos on social media with Neymar on his return to the city.
Talking about the photos posted Neymar Jr, Pique said “It was a coincidence, a normal photo. Neymar is a former teammate but also a friend. If we wanted to send a message to the board we would have sat down with them in private.”
He added, “Everything has been taken out of context. We aren’t angry with the club and there’s no lack of communication. I said it before: we need to come together, the club is doing the best it can (to sign new players). Until the transfer window closes we have to trust them and see what happens.”