Lionel Messi has already made up him mind over Barcelona future, Luis Figo claims

Luis Figo believes Lionel Messi has already made up his mind about his future at Barcelona

Messi created shockwaves around the football world when he formally requested to leave the LaLiga club over the summer.

Following a dispute over a clause in his contract, the Argentina forward reluctantly stayed for the 2020/21 season.

His contract will be up in the summer, though, and there is a good chance he will be plying his trade someone else next season.

The situation still remains uncertain with Josep Maria Bartomeu leaving as club president.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Portugal legend Figo believes there will be very little that could change Messi’s mind.

“I watched the thing with Messi and his attempt to leave Barcelona this summer like all football fans: expectantly and surprised,” said Figo.

“He’ll have his motives and reasons for making that decision. I don’t know what happened beforehand.

Every club wants to have a player like Messi, but then it depends on factors like the current financial situation at the club, the money he’ll cost the club in wages, the will of the player…

“But generally, in life, if you don’t want to be somewhere, in the end there’s nothing that can change your mind.”

Man City have been touted as a possible destination as they are managed by his old boss Pep Guardiola and compatriot Sergio Aguero is also still there.

Reports also suggest that Guardiola is likely to sign a new deal to keep him in Manchester beyond the end of the season, potentially boosting their chances of Messi signing.

Valeriy Fursov