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Inter Miami chief ‘optimistic’ Lionel Messi will join MLS side

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An update on the Barcelona captain’s future

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Inter Miami managing owner Jorge Mas has opened up on the possibility of Lionel Messi playing for the club in the future and is optimistic the Argentine could be tempted to MLS.

The latest rumors on Messi’s future suggest he’ll sign a contract extension that will keep him at the Camp Nou for two more seasons and then allow him to head to Inter Miami for a spell.

Messi’s also expected to take on an ambassadorial role in the US before returning to Barcelona, and Mas says his club have been working hard to try and lure big names to their club.

“David [Beckham] and I have been working really hard, we have aspirations of bringing the best players here and Leo Messi is a generational player, arguably the best player of all time,” he said.

“I am optimistic Messi will play in an Inter Miami shirt because I think it will complete the legacy of the greatest player in our generation and will meet with the ambitions of the owners of Inter Miami to build a world class team.”

Source | Miami Herald

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said talks about a new contract for Messi are “going well” but are not completely done yet, but it would be a surprise now if he did not continue at the Camp Nou.