Messi’s future at Camp Nou still remains uncertain.
President of Barcelona management committee Carles Tusquets believes Lionel Messi should have been sold this summer because of Barca’s financial struggles.
He told RAC 1: “Financially speaking, I would have sold Messi last summer. It would have been desirable, for what they’d have taken in and what they’d have saved.”
Joan Laporta who served as the Barca president between 2003 and 2010 believes Messi still wants to stay at Camp Nou.
“Leo wants Barcelona,” Laporta told Radio Marca.
“What I want is to give him back his happiness. It’s not just a question of money, you have to create a competitive team.
“Leo has been cheated and that is a big loss. He’s a winner and can’t stand to see other teams lift the Champions League.
“The last time I spoke to him was in October. I am very grateful to him for all he has done for Barcelona. I have known him since he was 16 years old and he is an extraordinary person.
“There is mutual appreciation and respect.
“We must be inside the club to make an imaginative and credible proposal to him.”
He added: “Leo wants to have a squad that brings back the joy. A team like Barcelona needs team spirit in a dressing room. I’ve been president of Barcelona and I don’t want to destabilise a team in a delicate situation.”