Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez has not hesitate to reply to the comments made by the club’s CEO that the Catalan giants won’t “go crazy” when negotiating a new contract for five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.
Barca CEO Oscar Grau said on Wednesday that a new deal for Messi, who only has 18 months left on his current deal, was being negotiated with “common sense and discretion”.
Suarez after he netted his 100th Barca goal in just 120 appearances as they qualified to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3 to 1 win over Athletic Bilbao, had said “With Messi what you have to do is give him a new contract, not have common sense,”
Despite the fact that Barca, in last season had recorded turnover of 679 million euros ($719 million) for a series of expensive new contracts for the likes of Neymar and Suarez which implies overstepping the 70 % limit of turnover spent on salaries imposed by UEFA’s financial fair-play laws.
While playing against bilbao Messi once again on Wednesday, displayed great performance as he scored from a free-kick for the third time in as many games this year 11 minutes from time to edge out Athletic 4-3 on aggregate.
Luis Enrique, Barca coach also revealed his notion against letting the five-times world football player go.
“I don’t know what the CEO said, but tell me one game in which Leo Messi hasn’t been decisive,”
“I don’t know about numbers, I know about football. We all want to enjoy watching Messi here for many more years, nothing else matter to me” Luis had stated