Argentina international defender Cristian Romero has confirmed that former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi wants him to sign for the Catalan giants in the summer transfer window ahead of the Camp Nou captain’s shock departure.
Romero and Messi were part of the Argentina squad that won the Copa America in Brazil in July, and the youngster told Radio AM 550 that the 34-year-old wanted him to leave Serie A Atalanta for Barca. , as reported Mundo Deportivo.
“That Messi considers me a teammate, that he wants to take me to Barcelona is something impressive,” he said. âThe team that PSG have put together is crazy, I’m a little sad because Leo left Barcelona. I wish him the best, he’s an excellent person and I hope he can win everything with the other Argentines who are there.
Romero was bound with a move to Barcelona but ended up leaving Atalanta and join the Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur instead on a one-season loan. The agreement includes a purchase option set at a reported â¬ 50m (Â£ 42m / $ 59m).
The 23-year-old defender also thanked Messi for helping him feel at home with the national team. He added: “I am grateful to Messi and everything I have shared with him and the whole national team squad. In the squad, the first day they made me feel like I was They’ve been around for years, these things mark the kind of band they are.
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Romero explains why he chose Spurs over Barcelona
Romero also explained why he chose to move to Tottenham over Barcelona. The Argentine told AS he is aware of the interest of the Catalan giants but wants to play in England, as reported Football.London.
âYeah, yeah, I knew that, but I ended up choosing Tottenham because they were firm from day one. I wanted to play in the Premier League, I decided from a football point of view, “he said.”With even more strength, more goals, to keep growing. That’s why I decided to come to Tottenham, it will give me more experience, a great club, I will be able to play in the best league in the world.
Barcelona have experienced a tough transfer market due to the club’s well-documented financial woes. Problems ultimately led Messi to leave the club after Barca confirmed they were unable to renew the captain’s contract, “due to Spanish La Liga regulations on player registration”.
Barcelona’s defensive problems continue
Barcelona managed to bolster the team’s defense this summer by bringing Eric Garcia back to club Manchester City. The 20-year-old started his career at Camp Nou but has spent the last four years at Manchester City.
Garcia started Barca’s first two games of the season but had a tough night in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Athletic. The youngster learned shortly before kick-off that his grandfather had died, according to Sports Journal.
Despite the sad news, Garcia “wanted to play” and started alongside Gerard Pique at San Mames. However, Pique was sent off with injury after 32 minutes, while Garcia was sent off in stoppage time.
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