Ramos – I want Messi to stay at Barca.
Sergio Ramos believes Lionel Messi has earned the right to decide his future, but is keen for the Barcelona forward to stay in Spain.
Messi has caused a major storm by handing in a transfer request at Barcelona and has since failed to report for training, with the Argentine
no longer considering himself a part of Ronald Koeman’s squad.
Ramos, who has faced Messi in El Clasico for the past 15 years, questioned Messi’s approach to dealing with the contract situation.
The Real Madrid captain is no stranger to handing in a transfer request, having asked to leave on a free transfer to a side in China last summer, which club president Florentino Perez refused.
Speaking during a news conference with the Spain national team, Ramos said: “He’s earned the right to decide his future, but I don’t know if it’s the best way.
“For Spanish football, for Barcelona and for us, we’d like him to stay. Leo makes the Spanish league, his team and the Clasicos better.
“You always like beating the best and he’s one of the best in the world.”
When asked if Messi exit would bring relief to the Real Madrid team, Ramos replied;
“Not really. It’s been 2 years and he hasn’t scored or assisted any goals in the Clasico. We stopped worrying about Messi 2 years ago.”