Chelsea-linked Messi ‘will thrive in Premier League’ with Blues ready to meet £650,000-a-week wages

Manchester City and Chelsea-linked superstar Lionel Messi would have no issue adapting to any other league says Gaizka Mendieta.

Messi hit the headlines in the summer transfer window after it was revealed all over the world that he had told Barcelona that he wanted to leave the club and seek a fresh challenge in the game, as he is unhappy at the Spanish club.

That alerted the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City to a possible transfer deal, as both have been linked in the past and both are the only two clubs that are financially sound enough to meet his massive £600,000-a-week wages.

However, Both Barca and La Liga disputed his interpretation that he could leave the club in the summer on a free due to a clause in his contract, stating any potential suitor would have to pay the €700 million (£634m/$820m) release clause or negotiate a fee with Barca.

Consequently, Messi opted to remain at Barca, insisting he did not want to drag the club through the courts, but there is a feeling that he is now open to the idea of making a move to the Premier League at the end of the season, and Mendieta told Stats Perform: “Regarding what happened, it is already in the past.

“We can go into details, but Leo has always shown he is a professional. He has shown it for many years.”

Speaking while launching the Player 4 Player management group, Mendieta said: “I think all Barcelona fans, his team-mates and people who work for the club, know Leo will give his 100 per cent this season.

“Whether he leaves or not at the end of the season, the fact is he is here, he has stayed, and he will give his best. I don’t think other thoughts are correct.

“The most important thing is having him, he is a professional and he will give all as he has been given all the time. That’s the key for Barcelona and his fans.”

Messi has scored 635 goals and provided 254 assists in 734 appearances for the club and is regarded as one of the finest players of all-time.

We just love the man and Chelsea and City fans would love him in the squad, but he may only be good for one, maybe two more seasons in the Premier League, would he really be worth the hassle?

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