Frenkie De Jong Insists Messi's Contract Not Affecting Team Morale

Frenkie de Jong revealed that Barcelona players are not affected by the latest controversy surrounding Lionel Messi.

Spanish news outlet Mundo leaked information regarding Messi’s contract and that caused quite a stir.

La Liga president Javier Tebas came out to deny and links with Barcelona’s financial struggles. There were also reports of concern within the dressing room after hearing Messi made €555m over the past 4 seasons.

“It doesn’t affect us what’s happening outside,” said De Jong. “The dressing room is protected.”

“I would like Messi to stay next year with us, but it’s a topic I can’t say anything about. He has to decide what he wants to do with his future,” continued De Jong.

“It was one of the factors that made me decide to come to Barca. Not the most important one but one of the ones that influenced the decision. He’s been the best player in the world for 15 years. When I was 12 he already was that. So to play by his side is fantastic.”

Barcelona are second in the La Liga table and 10 points behind leaders, Atletico Madrid. They managed an impressive 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao to climb over rivals, Real Madrid in the table.

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