MIAMI: Major League Soccer Inter Miami team co-owner Jorge Mas has said he is confident Lionel Messi will join them if he decides to leave Barcelona.
Mas said he and his co-owner David Beckham are determined to bring world-class talent to the Miami club, which is battling for 11th place in the MLS Eastern Conference.
Messi’s contract is due to expire at the end of this month, but Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said talks about a new contract are progressing well.
“I am optimistic that Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because I believe it will complement the legacy of the greatest player of our generation and fulfill the ambitions of Inter Miami owners to build a world class squad “Mas said the Miami Herald.
“David and I have worked very hard, we aspire to bring the best players here and Messi is a generational player, arguably the best player of all time,” added Mas.
Spanish media reported that Barcelona have offered Messi a new 10-year contract where the Argentine will play two more seasons before ending his playing career with two seasons at Inter Miami.
The 33-year-old will then return to Barcelona from Florida for six years as a “world ambassador”, the reports added. – Reuters