In three days, the season will end for FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. In fact, the Catalans no longer play anything more than keeping the third position in the League. And despite this, neither of his two captains has signed the renewal, which has unleashed rumors about a possible exit in this summer market for both Leo Messi and Sergio Ramos. And curiously, both with a club very interested in their services: Paris Saint-Germain.
The decision that will mark Barcelona’s next season to a greater extent is not the one that Joan Laporta has to make about the continuity of Ronald Koeman and the arrival or not of Xavi Hernández or another coach. The most important thing is, without a doubt, what Leo Messi wants to do with his future.
His enormous effort in the field has been, for another year, insufficient. 23 goals and 8 assists in 21 league games in 2021 show that Messi continues to be the most decisive footballer in the world. However, again his companions have not accompanied him and a Copa del Rey seems like a very rare loot for Leo’s ambitions. What he wants is the Champions League.
A) Yes, the project that Laporta presents him is the key to Messi’s decision. After trying to leave last summer, burofax by means of, the arrival to the presidency of Jan, whom he considers a friend, has made him give Barça priority when deciding his future. But it will not be at any price, and that is why the ’10’ has not yet made a decision.
Leo is willing to lower his stratospheric salary, to find a formula like continuing to be linked to the Barça club later on and thus compensate for the money he resigns. It will not be a financial problem that prevents you from staying. The key is in which sports plan a Barça is going to have in full reconstruction and without money to make big signings. Names like Kun Agüero or Depay don’t seem like enough motivation for Leo. When the season is over, he will soon announce his decision, with PSG waiting. Will this Saturday against Eibar be your last match with the elastic Blaugrana?
The ‘Ramos case’ is worthy of study. Real Madrid want their captain to stay, and the camero wants to stay. But despite this, Sergio Ramos has a foot and a half out of the white club and as soon as the League ends it is more than possible that he will announce his departure, perhaps heading to Paris.
Neither party has given its arm to twist in a negotiation that has become entrenched by the player’s claims (keep your salary and a three-year contract) and the club offer, which asks the player for an economic effort (a 10% reduction in his salary) and a short contract (one season and, at most, another more optional depending on various factors).
The passage of the weeks has not done more than move away the positions. What bouquets decided to play for the national team after his injury when he did not seem to be fully recovered, he did not sit well at the club. He also forced the Sevillian to play against Chelsea, and his bad game and subsequent injury showed that he was far from being 100%.
While Ramos He has only played five games with Real Madrid in 2021, the performance of his substitutes has made it clear that the white captain is not irreplaceable. First was Nacho the one who amazed with his great performances. And when Raphael Varane got injured, Eder Militao He took the alternative and has been revealed as an impressive center-back.
With David Alaba – who can act as a center-back (he has done so lately at Bayern), as a left back and as a midfielder – already signed by Real Madrid (it just needs to be made official), Sergio Ramos’ position is more complicated. In his hand is: either he lowers his pretensions, or against Villarreal It will be, if Zidane thinks so (he has trained well this week), his last game with the white t-shirt.