‘I don’t believe that there is any going back’: Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa insists Lionel Messi will NOT reverse his decision to leave and admits a sensational move to Manchester City is the most ‘likely’
- Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wanted to leave the club this summer via a fax
- Presidential candidate Toni Freixa says the Argentine will not change his mind
- Freixa claims a lack of Champions League success is behind Messi’s decision
- He believes the star is most likely to reunite with Pep Guardiola at Man City
The Argentine rocked football last week when he told the club that he wanted to leave, citing a clause in his contract which he believes allows him to depart for free.
And after Messi refused to return to pre-season training on Sunday, Freixa insists there is no way for the club to repair its relationship with their wantaway star.
Lionel Messi will not go back on his decision to leave Barcelona this summer, claims Toni Freixa
Barcelona presidential candidate Freixa expects Messi to make a move to Manchester City
‘As I have heard from several sides, the decision the player has come to is one that has matured over several years and is irrevocable,’ he told Goal. ‘I don’t believe that there is any going back.
‘Messi is a player who strives for maximum success. He alone cannot achieve maximum success, he needs a team for that. He does not have one.
‘Since the treble in 2015, Champions League success is missing. That is what concerns him. His decision is due to the negative sporting development of the team in recent years.’
A number of clubs have been linked with a move for Messi since he announced his decision, with PSG, Juventus and Manchester United among them.
Ronald Koeman took his first training session as the new manager of Barcelona on Monday
However, Freixa, who is in the running to replace Josep Maria Bartomeu in next year’s presidential elections, believes reuniting with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City makes most sense for the 33-year-old.
On Monday night, Spanish radio station Cadena Ser claimed that City will offer Messi an initial two-year contract, with the club’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain, already in Spain to negotiate a deal.
‘I think a move to Man City is likely,’ Freixa added. ‘With Pep, Messi experienced his most brilliant years in Barcelona. It would only be logical if both of them worked together again.’
Freixa believes Messi reuniting with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad is the most likely option