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'I Want Lionel Messi to Stay' - LaLiga Chief Javier Tebas Urges Football Star to Remain at Barcelona

Arjun Singh Devgan
LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has urged Lionel Messi to remain at Barcelona
LaLiga chief Javier Tebas has urged Lionel Messi to remain at Barcelona / LLUIS GENE/Getty Images

LaLiga president, Javier Tebas has lauded Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi by calling him the "best player in history" while also urging the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner to stay at the Nou Camp amid speculation over his future.

Messi's future at Barcelona has come under speculation considering that his current contract with the club expires in the summer and the fact that he is yet to sign a new deal with them has led to rumours of a potential move.

Tebas has in the past urged Messi to remain in Spain, but has also refuted suggestions that LaLiga would suffer if the Argentinian left Spain, citing examples of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo leaving for PSG and Juventus respectively.

"If I were Messi's advisor I would tell him, 'Stay at Barca'. I want Messi to stay. He is the best player in history. If you are thinking about his last years of football, he should continue to be linked to the Barcelona brand. He started at Barcelona and I think he should continue at Barca. If I was his advisor, I would tell him he must do everything possible to stay at Barca," he told Marca.

The Spaniard also opened up on reports of either Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland moving to Spain in the near future, dismissing those reports as he believes both Barcelona and Real Madrid do not have the financial might at present to spend huge sums of money in the transfer market.

"How, with a magic trick? Barca have to move out many players to bring a star, Madrid are not in position to do it either. Apart from the clubs owned by nation states, everyone has financial issues," Tebas concluded.