Barcelona Prepares For Lionel Messi’s Departure

Barcelona president, , has revealed that the club’s recent transfer activity has been with the retirement of in mind.

The Spanish champions agreed a £65million deal to sign 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong last month, as well as teenage defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

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Brazilian duo Arthur (22) and Malcom (21) were also signed in the summer. Bartomeu says their additions is to prepare the squad for the day that Messi decides to leave.

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Speaking to journalist Guillem Balague on BBC Radio Five Live’s Football Daily Podcast, he said: “I know one day Lionel will say he’s retiring.

“We have to prepare the club for the future.

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“We are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That’s our responsibility.

“My mandate will be finished in two seasons. So I need to leave the club in a great position and tell the new president ‘that’s our legacy’.”

 

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