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Barcelona presidential candidate Laporta: I want to convince Messi to stay

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta admits keeping hold of Lionel Messi would be the priority of his board.

One of the issues which is going to mark this election campaign is Messi's future.

Asked about that, Laporta said: "It's true he is very disappointed with how he's been treated. But Messi loves Barca, I know that, I have no doubts about that.

"My relationship with Messi one of respect and affection. The best thing for him is to wait and see who wins the election and what they propose. I think Messi, with a good proposal, would choose Barça.

"He knows me, he knows us, how we work, how we treat the players ... if there's one thing I am proud of it's always keeping my word.

"We want a winning sporting project, to dominate the Champions League, and I think that with Leo in the squad we can build a really good team. It's important to bring happiness back to the club and the squad.

"I hope we arrive in time to have that conversation and to be able to convince the best player in history that we have a winning project."

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