The future of the Argentine has been much discussed in recent weeks, especially since he is free to sign a pre-contract deal with another club in less than a month.

Amor hopes Messi will retire at Barca

Barcelona’s institutional relations director, Guillermo Amor, has made it clear that he hopes Lionel Messi will end his career at Camp Nou. The future of the Argentine has been much discussed in recent weeks, especially since he is free to sign a pre-contract deal with another club in less than a month. “Leo gave a lot to Barcelona; Barcelona gave Leo a lot,” Amor told reporters. “I hope he will retire here. It’s in his hands because his contract is coming to an end, but we still think he’s a Barcelona player”. Antoine Griezmann has hit shape in recent weeks, and Amor is delighted to see the Frenchman shine while also pointing to the close nature of the team. “Griezmann is scoring goals and is doing very well,” the director said.

“The performance of the team was generally outstanding; everyone who plays takes advantage of the opportunity. A team are a close-knit group”. Barcelona’s management committee president Carles Tusquets hit the headlines earlier this week when he said the club had to sell Messi in the summer due to their dire financial situation. “We should all do our bit for the good of the club, even those of us who are not on the field,” Guillermo noted. “I have a feeling that Tusquets must have said what he said about Messi because of the economic issue that he is handling more.”