In the summer, Messi has had a fragile relationship with the club for some time. He was pushed to leave on a free transfer after the season ended and only stayed when he was told his contract was legally binding.

Pique hopes that Messi would stay at the club

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has appealed to Lionel Messi to extend his stay at the club. In the summer, Messi has had a fragile relationship with the club for some time. He was pushed to leave on a free transfer after the season ended and only stayed when he was told his contract was legally binding. Although president Josip Maria Bartomeu left his seat leading to a presidential election scheduled for January, there is no assurance that the new board will be able to persuade him to stay, especially as Barça are in the process of cutting their wages. Pique, however, remains hopeful that his old ally might be persuaded to stay at the Camp Nou, joining the club as in 2001 from Newell’s in Argentina.

Gerard was sorry when Luis Suarez left Barca

When asked by reporters if Messi is going to renew his deal, he said: “We will have to ask Leo, I don’t know. We hope that we will stay. It is a very personal decision, and we will see. While he continues at Barça, there is hope, and we hope he can be tempted to stay. “Meanwhile, Messi’s old attacking fellow Luis Suarez went under a cloud in the summer, one of the actions taken by the old board riled the Argentine. Pique admits that it was difficult to see the Uruguay international depart for Atlético Madrid. “I was sorry when Luis left, he spent many years at the club, and we shared many experiences,” he said.

 

“You play with each other for 90 minutes, but spend many, many hours with them. We see them every morning, and we travel, we are in the hotels, it is as if they were a class-mate.”

Barcelona are having a tough start to the season and are currently ranked 13th in the LaLiga standing. Although they have played one or two fewer games than virtually every other team in the league. However, they are already finding themselves an intimidating 12 points off the pace of leaders Real Sociedad, having lost three of the eight league fixtures under Ronald Koeman.