Team-mate Pique Speaks On Lionel Messi’s Future At Barcelona (See Details)

Gerard Pique claims to have no inside knowledge on Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona, despite spending 13 years alongside him at Camp Nou, but does admit that an Argentine superstar mulling over a big contract call “looks happier”.

All eyes in Catalunya are locked on a six-time Ballon d’Or winner as he approaches the end of his current deal and an important career crossroads.

As a one-club man, severing ties with Barca would not be easy, but one push for the exits was made in 2020 and no extension to lucrative terms with La Liga giants has been agreed as free agency beckons.

Quizzed on the future of an iconic team-mate and the decisions that are about to be made, Pique told Movistar: “I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen with him.

“I think in recent months he looks happier. That’s important.

“He impacts the team because he is the captain and influences the whole team. The club is doing very well and much of it is because of him.

“Messi has been with us in the team for several years. We know him well, and we will support his decision.

“We should be grateful for what he has done.”

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