The Argentine’s contract ends on June 30, and from January 1 he will be free to negotiate with other clubs.

Messi should clarify his future at Barcelona

Barcelona presidential candidate Xavi Vilajoana believes Lionel Messi needs to clarify whether he wants to stay at Camp Nou or not. The Argentine’s contract ends on June 30, and from January 1 he will be free to negotiate with other clubs. “You have to ask him if he wants to play for the best club in the world or not,” Vilajoana said at a press conference on Saturday. “Players, sporting-wise, reach a point in their careers where their role changes. It’s not just him. As you get older, you need to make a difference in big games. There are many roles. You need to integrate the young players who join the squad. You have to be the leader and captain of the club.”

Barcelona squad lacks a motivation

“On a sporting level, motivation is vital, especially in you, the captain. Motivation comes to play when you get knocked down. Now we see that when they concede a goal, they do not mount a comeback, and this is a symptom of lack of motivation. It doesn’t help that there are no fans because they give you energy. That’s why we need to ask him if he wants to play for the best club in the world. But it’s not just about convincing him – he has to want to do it. That desire comes from the player, and if you supplement this with arguments that help him to make a decision, it is even better. The first one to speak is he, Lionel Messi.”

Ronald Koeman trusts his system

There have been many doubts about the quality in this current Barcelona squad. Still, Vilajoana has faith in the players, even stating that there is a chance for Barcelona to fight for the silverware this season. “The team’s dynamics are always changing,” said Vilajoana. “It changes from everyday motivation and happiness changes from day to day. There are some outstanding players on this team, and more will come in. They will compete to the end in all competitions. I am calm about all this. The coach is fresh at the door, and everything takes time.” Ronald Koeman came under criticism after some awkward results for Barcelona in LaLiga, followed by a 3-0 defeat at home to Juventus in the Champions League. Still, Vilajoana is not thinking about parting ways with the Dutchman.

“We shouldn’t talk about coaches halfway through the season,” he said. “It’s at the end of the year when we have to make decisions. The team will grow as it starts to gain more confidence.” Koeman trusts his system, and we also need to trust it.”