Wantaway Barcelona star Lionel Messi said his protracted conflict with the club trying to get a move from Camp Nou was because he wanted to make them “better and stronger”.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner kicked off one of the more sensational transfer sagas in recent years when he informed Barcelona of his desire to exercise a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to make a free transfer – a claim that it was disputed by his club.
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After Pep Guardiola and Manchester City understood they were circling, Messi turned his wish on – at least for now – after an argument over the language in his contract that appeared to be heading for a court battle.
Messi said he didn’t want himself or the club embroiled in a lengthy legal battle, but in a brand new interview, Messi said he has no intention of offending fans and that he always has the best of the club’s interests in mind.
“I take responsibility for my mistakes and if they exist then FC Barcelona should only get better and stronger,” Messi said in an interview with Sport.
“I wanted to send a message to all of the socios and fans who follow us. If at any time one of them got upset about something I said or did, there should be no doubt that everything I did was always with the The best of the club was interests in mind. ”
Ronald Koeman’s era in Barcelona began with a 4-0 home win over Villarreal on Sunday, with Messi scoring from the penalty spot as teenage sensation Ansu Fati – the man who would later become Messi’s successor at Camp Nou – met twice.
Messi says that amid the current rancor within the club, he wants to focus on matters on the field rather than the boardroom or dugout as they begin an attempt to win the La Liga title ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid.
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“After so much disagreement, I want to end it all. We must all be united and assume that the best is yet to come,” he said.
“Combining passion with excitement and motivation will be the only way to achieve our goals, always united and rowing in the same direction.”