When the British online magazine called Coach got an exclusive interview with Lionel Messi, it was a pretty big “get” for the small publication. Messi offered some new information too, such as his intention to stay with Barcelona, which has been source of doubt.
But as it turns out, Messi never said any such thing because the interview was made up.
By Wednesday, Coach removed the interview from their website and replaced it with this message: “It has come to our attention that the authenticity of this interview has been questioned. We have removed the interview while we investigate.”
In the disputed interview, Messi was supposedly asked about playing in the Premier League and responded, “I have always said that Barcelona has given me everything and I am here for as long as they want me to be.”
That would’ve been significant because Messi has publicly remained mum about his contract, even as Barcelona has very publicly made it clear they want to keep him. Messi’s current contract expires in 2018.
It is to be expected that Messi’s camp would come out and dispute any suspected false interview with the player. But the fact that the discredited interview also mentions Messi wanting to stay with Barcelona is just more fodder in the “will he or won’t he” narrative of Messi re-signing.