Spanish football morning headlines: Barcelona go all out for Messi, Busquets sings Luis Enrique praises, Messi continues to amaze and inspire
The headlines of the Spanish football morning of July 5
Barcelona go all out to keep Lionel Messi
Joan Laporta’s big goal since becoming Barcelona president for the second time has been to renew Lionel Messi’s contract with the club. He is doing everything he can to achieve it according to Marca; he and sporting director Mateu Alemany are getting rid of as much deadwood as possible to reduce the wage bill, as well as to negotiate an attractive deal with the Argentine and shape a sports project he can support.
Sergio Busquets on La Roja: “We are privileged to have a high level trainer like Luis Enrique”
Sergio Busquets’ stock is high this summer. The Barcelona midfielder transformed La Roja when he returned to the starting lineup after a forced absence by coronavirus at Euro 2020, forming a delicious triangle at the heart of the squad with Pedri and Koke. Spain face Italy in the semi-finals on Tuesday and Busquets is full of enthusiasm for the draw according to Diario AS.
Argentina captain and free agent Lionel Messi continues to amaze and inspire at Copa America
Lionel Messi’s name won’t be far from the headlines as long as he plays football, a claim that is sure to be the case this summer. The Argentine captain leads his country to the Copa America, with a semi-final date with Colombia on the horizon. He is also a free agent having seen his contract with Barcelona expire last week; renewal is likely but not imminent.