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Barcelona candidate Laporta: Leo wants to stay - and be happy

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has declared he wants Lionel Messi "happy" and to stay.

On Thursday, Carles Tusquets, the president of the management committee currently in charge at Barcelona, revealed that the club's finances are so poor that they should have sold Messi in the summer, yet Laporta does not share that view.

"Leo wants Barcelona," Laporta told Radio MARCA and COPE when asked about Messi.

"What I want is to give him back his happiness. It's not just a question of money, you have to create a competitive team.

"Leo has been cheated and that is a big loss. He's a winner and can't stand to see other teams lift the Champions League.

"The last time I spoke to him was in October. I am very grateful to him for all he has done for Barcelona. I have known him since he was 16 years old and he is an extraordinary person.

"There is mutual appreciation and respect. We must be inside [the club] to make an imaginative and credible proposal to him."

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