can ‘help’ in bid to sign Lionel Messi, says the tyre company’s chief
executive, but admits president Steven Zhang must ‘make an effort’ with
Barcelona star still stalling over new contract.
support in the quest to bring the Barcelona legend to the San Siro despite
financial constraints, but insisted club president Steven Zhang had to make a
real push for the move.
superstar is stalling over a new deal with the Spanish giants amid a chaotic
season for Barcelona – with his current contract set to expire at the end of
forward for nothing next summer and he currently has no intention of signing on
with current president Josep Bartomeu, who he has clashed with in the past.
future, Inter have emerged as possible suitors for Messi after attempting to
snare him to the Italian capital in the past.
can’t make ‘significant’ investment, the firm could certainly aid the cause in
going after Messi – but warned that club chief Zhang had to ‘make an effort’.
unable to invest in sports more than we are, between Formula 1, the America’s
Cup and Inter,’ he told Gr Parlamento, via Goal.
an effort himself. We can help, but we can’t do anything significant.’
Real Madrid in the race for the LaLiga title, compounding Messi’s misery, he is
also unhappy about the failure to re-sign Neymar from PSG last summer and a
smear campaign on him and his family by a firm employed by the club.
Messi is set to leave, however, insisting he will end his career at the club.
chief Massimo Moratti said Messi coming to the club was not ‘a forbidden
at all,’ he told Radio Rai. ‘Maybe it wasn’t even before this misfortune. Messi
is at the end of his contract and it would certainly be attempted to bring him
change anything, but I think we will see strange things at the end of the