Zi­dane wants Leo to stay in Spain

The Asian Age - - Games -

Madrid: Lionel Messi was re­ported on Thurs­day to be plan­ning to leave Barcelona in 2021, but Real Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane was hop­ing the Ar­gen­tine maestro will stay in Spain. Messi’s cur­rent con­tract ex­pires next year and he has halted ne­go­ti­a­tions due to frus­tra­tions with the di­rec­tion of the club, said Span­ish ra­dio sta­tion Cadena Ser. “I don’t know what will hap­pen but we hope not be­cause he is in this league and we want the best in this league,” said Real coach Zi­dane af­ter­wards, when asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of Messi leav­ing. Messi said in Fe­bru­ary he did not be­lieve Barcelona could win the Cham­pi­ons League on cur­rent form. The 33-year-old has also had dis­agree­ments with the board, re­act­ing pub­licly when sport­ing di­rec­tor Eric Abidal ap­peared to blame the play­ers for the sack­ing of Ernesto Valverde in Jan­uary.

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