Barcelona star Lionel Messi delivers verdict on Real Madrid’s summer transfer window
Los Blancos have had a mixed start the new campaign.
Eden Hazard was the most high profile – and expensive – arrival.
The Belgium international cost a hefty £90m from Premier League giants Chelsea.
Messi reckons Real – along with their city rivals Atletico Madrid – both had good transfer windows.
“I think everyone reinforced and made their signings,” he told Sport.
“I think Atletico made a great team, made very good signings.
“It seemed he was the one who had disarmed the most, but he ended up making a great team, very good, with many variants, very balanced… Real Madrid also signed very well.
“Beyond what is said, they are the same, brought important players like Hazard.
“Juventus signed very well, the City too…
“Overall, I think everything is more even and that all the big teams are getting stronger.”
Messi’s long-term future remains the source of much speculation.
Reports earlier this week suggested David Beckham’s new Miami-based franchise have made contact.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu claims he’s relaxed about the Argentina international’s future.
Nevertheless, Bartomeu admitted Messi can leave the club in 2020 – as per his current agreement with the club.
“Messi signed until 2021. It was agreed that at the end of the penultimate season he is at liberty to leave for free,” he told Barca TV.
“He has earned that freedom to decide his future, but he is very Cule (Barcelona fan) and I am calm.
“Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and [Carles] Puyol all had the same clause and we couldn’t give Messi a different clause, but I repeat, I am in no doubt he will stay for many years.”