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The Messi Saga Takes Another Turn

messi_world-player-of-yearThe Lionel Messi will he stay or leave saga threatens to destroy the rest of Barcelona’s season will news breaking on a daily basis about is relationship with the club.

On the morning that the news broke that Chelsea had spoken to Messi’s father (and agent) about a possible move this summer, former Barcelona assistant Henk ten Cate has claimed that the only reason that Messi still remains at the Nou Camp is a vow he made to the late Tito Vilanova on his deathbed.

The Dutch coach, who worked under Frank Rijkaard when Messi made his debut at the club in 2004, said Messi promised close confidant Vilanova that he would stay at the Catalan giants.

Ten Cate spoke to Holland’s De Telegraaf amid speculation Messi is unhappy and looking to move elsewhere due to a rift with current boss Luis Enrique.

Messi is only still at Barcelona because he promised it to Tito Vilanova at his deathbed,’ Ten Cate told De Telegraaf, adding there were signs of problems two years ago.

Messi shared a close relationship with Vilanova, who stepped up to the main job at Barcelona in 2012 and together they won the La Liga on their first try. Vilanova stepped down due to ill health and died from cancer in April last year. Despite Messi apparently giving Vilanova his word, Ten Cate believes a move would be the best thing for both parties.

“I think a transfer would be in everybody’s best interest,’ Ten Cate says. ‘Lionel has been at Barcelona for quite a while and he needs a new challenge. He’s still worth a lot of money now but his value will only go down from here on.’

Messi didn’t train on Monday, citing gastroenteritis, but returned on Wednesday. At a press conference Enrique refused to ‘confirm or deny those reports’ in relation to a clash with Messi and other senior players.

‘Messi is the best player in the world and I have said this many times,’ he said. ‘I have the same relationship with all my players that I had at the start of the season.’

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  • Raymond L. January 9, 2015, 2:01 am

    Personally, I’d want Leo to stay… but if that means kicking out Luis Enrique, so be it. I’d rather have the world’s best footballer on the team more than Enrique, whose managerial credentials are questionable at best.

    • David January 12, 2015, 4:39 pm

      I agree on Enrique. He has looked out his depth. But has’t that been the case for everyone since Pep?

  • Vikisy January 8, 2015, 5:20 pm

    What ever the issue is between Messi and Barcelona, I hope would be solved very soon. Because Messi remains the best player of all time and his world is Barca. I hope he and Enrique can understand themselves better so that they can work together to give us the best of football that Barca is known for and win a lot of trophies too.

    • David January 8, 2015, 7:39 pm

      Messi and Barca have been at odds for several years now. The only thing that might keep him at the club is if former Barcelona president Joan Laporta wins the election this summer.

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