Lionel Messi’s move to the English Premier League (EPL) this season seems to dim as each day passes. After talking with Pep Guardiola, he may be having to stay at Barcelona until his contract expires and he can leave as a free transfer. Manchester City would be ready to receive him then. But, Liverpool defender Andy Robertson doesn’t want Messi in EPL.
Liverpool and Man City have been close rivals the past couple of years. Liverpool was able to get a significant lead in points to earn them the EPL title this year. With Man City coming behind in second after finishing first the year prior.
Robertson doesn’t like the idea of facing off against Messi in EPL.
“I hope it doesn’t happen of course,” Robertson said in a press conference when asked about Messi possibly moving to Manchester City.
“I think Liverpool have ruled out that we could sign him so I don’t want him anywhere near the Premier League and hopefully it stays that way.
“I’ve played against him twice and it’s the hardest games I’ve ever played.
“From a completely selfish point of view, I hope it doesn’t happen and hopefully he stays at Barcelona.
“He’s a fantastic player and I’ve got no doubt that he would bring the exact same quality if he came to the Premier League, same passion and everything he brings at Barcelona,” he concluded.
La Liga refuses to let Messi leave on a free transfer since it’s past the June 10 deadline. La Liga’s decision means that teams would need to pay the £631 million release clause, which no one is up to the task to do.
Even though the other long-time Barcelona FC players are making their leave, Messi may need to stay for another season. He could hope for the removal of President Josep Bartomeu and manager Ronald Koeman in February. But after the devastating 2019-2020 season, the chances of Messi playing for Barca is low.