Barcelona President, Josep Bartomeu, has reiterated that Lionel Messi won’t be leaving the Spanish giants anytime soon. The club president reacted to series of speculations suggesting that the Argentine forward could quit the club at the end of the season.
Barca’s win moves them four points behind league leaders Real Madrid with four matches left to play.
It is believed that the 33-year-old is currently frustrated with the club’s run of poor results. However, he has considered leaving the Camp Nou. Speaking after the huge win over Villarreal. Barcelona’s president said. “I am not going to give details of contract negotiations but Messi has said many times that he wants to finish his career in Barcelona. He has got more years ahead and we are going to enjoy him.”
He launched an attack on VAR claiming that it has been used against Barcelona this season. This is following reactions of Gerard Pique claiming that VAR & referees have favored Real Madrid with its decisions lately.
The La Liga contenders will face Espanyol, Valladolid, Osasuna & Deportivo the Alaves while also hoping Real Madrid will drop points as well.
Barcelona got a 4-1 away victory over Villarreal after two consecutive draws with Celta Vigo & Athletico Madrid. Messi got his 19th assist of the season with goals from Luiz Suárez, Antoine Griezmann, Ansu Fati & an own goal by Ferran Torres.
Real Madrid is yet to lose a game since the restart of La Liga with seven consecutive wins. Sergio Ramos scored a penalty to beat Athletico Bilbao on Sunday afternoon.
Alaves sacks Manager Garitano five consecutive defeats
Real Madrid will be up against Deportivo Alaves at the Santiago Bernabeu on July 10. However, Alaves has announced the sack of Coach Asier Garitano after a run of five defeats in a row. The La Liga strugglers have named former Malaga & Levante coach Juan Muniz to replace Garitano.
Alaves’s defeat to Valladolid has left them just six points clear of the relegation zone. They are also left with four matches to play in the La Liga. Muniz has been without a club since 2019 after he was sacked by Malaga. He will be in charge until the end of the season & is yet to be confirmed if he will remain after the season.
Alaves are hoping to get decent results with difficult games ahead of them. They travel to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Friday. This will be followed by a home fixture against Getafe, away to Betis & final home game against La Liga contenders Barcelona.