'I am Optimistic Lionel Messi Will Play in an Inter Miami Shirt,' Claims Club's Co-Owner

Arjun Singh Devgan
Inter Miami are keen on signing Lionel Messi should he decide to move to the MLS
Inter Miami are keen on signing Lionel Messi should he decide to move to the MLS / Pool/Getty Images

Inter Miami CF co-owner, Jorge Mas has opened up on reports linking his club to Barcelona talisman, Lionel Messi - revealing that he is optimistic about bringing the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner to Major League Soccer (MLS).

Messi's future at the Nou Camp has come under the scanner considering that his current contract with Barcelona expires at the end of June, with the player yet to agree to new terms with the club as yet.

The 33-year-old has in the past expressed a desire to play in the United States in the final years of his career, and Mas has now confirmed that he along with co-owner, David Beckham hope to bring in the Argentinian to Inter Miami, should the superstar decide to move to the MLS.

"David and I have been working really hard, we have aspirations of bringing the best players here and Messi is a generational player, arguably the best player of all time. I am optimistic Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because I think it will complete the legacy of the greatest player in our generation and will meet with the ambitions of the owners of Inter Miami to build a world-class team," he told the Miami Herald.

It has been reported that Barcelona president, Joan Laporta is working on a new deal which will ensure that Messi remains at the Nou Camp for a minimum of two years, with an option to extend his deal by another year.

Post that the 33-year-old will continue in an ambassadorial role for the Catalan giants while ending his playing career in MLS. Messi is currently with the Argentina national team preparing for the Copa America, with his father and agent, Jorge taking charge of contract negotiations with Barca.

The likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have also understood to be interested in signing the player, though nothing serious has come out of it as of now.