Lionel Messi ‘wants Barcelona stay until 2023’ before David Beckham MLS link-up

Lionel Messi is planning to stay at Barcelona until 2023 before joining David Beckham’s Inter Miami side, according to reports in Spain.

Messi sent shockwaves rippling through the sporting world when he handed in a transfer request at the Nou Camp in August.

The Argentine superstar was determined to call time on his legendary Barca career following their 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, only to make a dramatic U-turn on his decision and eventually agree to stay until his contract expires next summer.

Manchester City and Paris St-Germain were touted as potential suitors, with both clubs reportedly keen to offer him a deal next month under the Bosman ruling.

However, reports in Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim Messi wants to stay at Barca for another two seasons before leaving to sign for Inter Miami.

Catalan journalist Jose Antonio Ponseti, who is based in Miami right now, believes the 33-year-old is tempted by the idea of joining Beckham’s franchise in the future.

But first he is looking to put pen to paper on a new two-and-a-half-year contract with Barca after the club announce their new president in January.

It is believed his plan is to head into the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in tip-top condition and form, which may be a difficult task if he swaps La Liga for MLS.

Nevertheless, once the World Cup is complete Messi will reportedly set his sights on a lucrative switch to Miami, where he already owns a £4million apartment.

The Ballon d’Or great purchased an apartment in the luxury Porsche Design Tower building, which faces the sea on Sunny Isles beach.

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Thus, signing for Beckham’s newly-formed MLS franchise would make sense for both Messi and his family once his storied Barca exploits draw to a close.

There is also a fear that City or PSG are “demanding destinations”, due to the fact both clubs will sign him in the hope of claiming their first ever Champions League title.

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