La Liga

Zidane wants Messi to stay at Barcelona

It has been rumoured the Argentina superstar may be leaving the Camp Nou but the Real Madrid boss hopes he remains in La Liga

 
11:00am on Friday 3rd July 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Zinedine Zidane has insisted he wants Lionel Messi to stay at Barcelona, as he wants the best players in the world to be in Spain.

Following a series of disappointing results for the Blaugrana, and reported dressing room unrest between the squad and head coach Quique Setien, rumours have started circling that Messi may finally be ready to move on.

During the draw against Celta, Messi was apparently seen ignoring the instructions of assistant coach Eder Sarabia.

Barcelona would then draw again against Atletico, allowing Real Madrid the opportunity to move four points clear at the top of La Liga, which they took on Thursday after defeating Getafe 1-0.

It is this run of form and the prospect of surrendering the title to Madrid which has left Messi disillusioned, according to Cadena SER.

For Madrid head coach, Zidane, though, he hopes that Messi remains with Barca.

Zidane said: "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,.

Messi has once again been Barcelona’s star performer this season, scoring 22 goals and assisting a further 17 in the league to earn a 99 FC Rating.

Latest news

Transfers

Emiliano Buendia: Where does he go next?

The Argentine has been one of Norwich's standout performers this season despite the Canaries' relegation

  • 1 hour
Golden Boot

Finisher, creator, workhorse: Ciro Immobile is the complete striker

The Lazio striker scored 36 league goals be named as Europe's most prolific forward for the 19/20 season

  • 2 hours
Arsenal

Arsenal should build their team around Dani Ceballos next season

The Spaniard had a mixed first season in England but is coming back for another year and he should be key to Mikel Arteta's plans

  • 2 hours
Transfers

Wilfried Zaha: Would he be worth the money?

The winger might well get his big move this summer, but have teams missed the boat on his most productive period?

  • 3 hours
La Liga

Zidane: Bale asked not to play against Man City

The Real Madrid boss has revealed that it was at the request of his player that he was left out of the Champions League squad for this week

  • 14 hours
Scottish Premiership

Rangers signing Cedric Itten can be their new focal point

The 23-year-old was the Swiss Super League's second-top goalscorer last season and joined the Ibrox club this week

  • 17 hours

Most read

Other interesting players

  1. image description Lionel Messi W (R), F (C)
    Barcelona 99
  2. Liverpool 94
  3. image description Willian W (RL)
    Chelsea 85
  4. Sevilla FC 84
  5. image description Bernardo Silva W (R), M (C)
    Man City 84
  6. image description Rodrygo W (RL)
    Real Madrid 81
  7. Feyenoord 80
  8. image description Douglas Costa W (R), AM (L)
    Juventus 75
  9. image description Callum Hudson-Odoi W (R), AM (L)
    Chelsea 75