Messi is there to stay at Barca Image: AP
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho quashed all rumours linking the English giants to Lionel Messi, saying that “he belongs to FC Barcelona”. Mourinho, who already spent a world record amount to bring Paul Pogba from Juventus in the summer, had been linked with Messi after reports emerged that the Argentine had stalled talks of a contract extension at the Nou Camp.
Jose Mourinho (Man United coach): Leo Messi rumours? “With Lionel Messi is every season the same story, that he’s going to leave." [SPORT]— Barça News Forum (@BarcaNewsForum) November 23, 2016
Mourinho put the rumours to rest at a press conference ahead of Manchester United’s next Europa League game, saying that Messi and Barcelona are made for each other and that he should end his career with the Catalan club.
Today in 2003, Lionel Messi made his debut for Barça first team in a friendly against Jose Mourinho's Porto, aged 16.— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) November 16, 2016
The rest is history.. pic.twitter.com/rwqdzscOAY
Messi had arrived at La Masia as a child from Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina and it was Barcelona who paid for his growth hormone deficiency treatment when no one else would.
Manchester United’s cross-town rivals, City, too have been linked to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner. With Pep Guardiola at the helm, a move to City seems more likely than one to United, if it even happens.