Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will not make a decision on his future until the end of the season, and also teased that he will be open to moving to MLS.
Messi’s contract at Barcelona expires this summer, which means he’s free to discuss a free transfer with clubs outside Spain in January. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are both closely linked, although Barca remain hopeful of convincing the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to stay at the club beyond the end of the season.
Giving a rare and lengthy TV interview with La Sexta presenter Jordi Evolve, Messi said he would not enter into negotiations with any club until the summer.
“I have nothing clear until the end of the year. I will wait until the end of the season, ”he said.
“If I didn’t want to break what I’ve told you now, the important thing is to think about the team. End the year, think about trying to get titles and don’t get distracted by other things. ”
Messi discussed a variety of other topics during the interview, including his relationship with former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, while indicating that he does not see himself becoming a coach upon retirement – suggesting that a future role of athletic director was more likely.
He also hinted that even if he remains at Barcelona beyond the end of the season, he is likely to move to a non-Spanish club at some point in the future, possibly in the United States.
“I always dreamed of playing in another league, in the United States. Maybe it will happen, it doesn’t have to be right away. Today, I am focusing only on the next six months, ”he added.
Messi then offered fans a glimpse behind Barca’s curtain. It has been a tumultuous 12-month period for the crisis club, both on and off the pitch. However, he insisted that morale is slowly improving in the dressing room under new manager Ronald Koeman.
Reflecting on his year, he said, “It was difficult for me, I was not where I wanted to be. It was difficult for me to adjust to the locker room because there are a lot of new people, of those around me there are no more or a few.
“There are a lot of people from the outside, few from home, we are different cultures, we are all different, it makes it more difficult to put together a locker room, it’s strong, but little by little we are doing it. ”