Entertainment International: Suarez proud of Messi's farewell words
Lionel Messi may not be able to play soccer for an entire season if he wants to leave Barcelona for free
Messi and Barcelona are currently locked in discussions over the Argentinian star's desire to leave Spain and how much remuneration the club will get.Messi is currently attempting to force a move away from the club he has played for for his entire professional career, but Barcelona is unwilling to let the player, arguably football's greatest of all time, leave without a fight.
Lionel Messi's remarkable farewell post for his longtime strike partner Luis Suarez was well received by the Uruguayan striker. Barca's La Liga rival Atletico Madrid said he was "proud" of Messi's words.
"Leo knows me well, he knows the passion I always work with," said Suarez in advance of the Atleti season opener against Granada CF on Sunday. "I am proud to have left such a positive legacy."
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Suarez, who had won 13 big titles with Barca alongside Messi since 2014, switched to Atletico a few days ago . His transfer was accompanied by a lot of background noise. Among other things, because the veteran was still tied to Barcelona until 2021, but was sorted out by the club's top and the new coach Ronald Koeman.
Barcelona wants face-to-face meeting to change Messi’s mind
Barcelona is banking on a face-to-face meeting with Lionel Messi to try to convince him to stay. Talks with Messi’s father, who is also his agent, are expected this week in Barcelona, but the club also hopes to sit down with the player himself. Messi has been offered a two-year contract extension, a club official with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.The contract would run through the 2022-23 season. Both sides had already pre-agreed on most of the terms a few months ago, according to the club official.
Messi took this as an opportunity to shoot again at the club's management, writing on Friday: "You deserve a farewell that does justice to who you are: one of the most important players in the club's history. You have it doesn't deserve to be thrown out like that. But to be honest, I'm not surprised at all at the moment. "
Suarez also emphasized that he now wants to look ahead. Atletico with coach Diego Simeone means a "great challenge and motivation" for him. His new coach confirmed that the 33-year-old was in good fitness and didn't rule out the possibility that Suarez was already in the Rojiblancos' starting line-up against Granada.
Lionel Messi finally decided to leave Barcelona when he was told he'll no longer get the 'privileges' he's used to from the club .
"You have to do everything for the team," Koeman reportedly told Messi. "I'm going to be inflexible, you have to think about the team."Messi and Koeman met shortly after the Dutchman's appointment last week amid rumors the Argentine wanted to leave the club following its 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.