Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has urged Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi that the Los Blancos, Blaugrana and La Liga would want him to stay at Camp Nou amid interest from Manchester City.
Ramos also said that Messi has earned the respect to decide his future at Barcelona.
Barcelona is presently battling to keep Messi as the forward pushes for a free transfer to reunite with his former coach, Pep Guardiola, at Man City.
Messi’s release clause will have to be paid if he is to leave Barcelona this summer transfer window.
The Argentine international believes he is no longer an employee of Barcelona, but the Catalan club board insist he is still their captain.
Messi, who has played for Barca for almost 20 years, informed the La Liga giants last week of his intentions to leave.
The 33-year-old missed Barcelona’s training on Monday and Tuesday as he no longer considers himself a part of Ronald Koeman’s squad.
Messi’s father and representative, Jorge, arrived at Barcelona on Wednesday to meet with the Barcelona chiefs, including, President Josep Maria Bartomeu to discuss his son’s future
Reacting to the development, Ramos said in a news conference ahead of Spain’s UEFA Nations League game with Germany on Thursday, “I think [Messi] has earned the respect to decide his future.
“I do not know if he is doing it in the best way. But of course, for Spanish football, for Barcelona and for us, we always like to win being the best. We would like him to stay here.
“Leo makes the Spanish league better, he makes his team better, and he makes the Clasico more attractive.
“We like to win with the best there, and he’s one of the best in the world. There is not much to add, he has won the respect to decide his future, him alone, without any speculation at all. Let’s see what happens.”
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Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.
Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.
It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.
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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.
The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates
France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.
Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.
Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.
France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.
The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.
The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.
Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.
Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.
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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.
Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”
Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.
“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.
“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.
“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.
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