Joan Laporta appeared pretty confident over securing Lionel Messi‘s future after overseeing Barcelona‘s victory in the Copa del Rey final.
The newly elected president watched from the stands in Seville as his first team captain scored twice in the 4-0 win over Athletic Club.
“Leo is the best player in the world,” Laporta told Telecinco afterwards.
“He’s very attached to this club.
“I’m convinced that he wants to stay and we’ll do everything in our power so that he stays.
“Today, we saw that he’s surrounded by a great team. They played some very good football.”
The Copa del Rey is the new president’s first trophy since taking charge of the club and the team’s first title in two years.
“We were really eager to get back to winning things and we’ve done it,” Laporta said.
“It was a great final against a great team.
“The players needed this. We’re happy for the players, the coaching staff and the fans.
“I hope this is the first Copa of an era of lots of Copas.”
Ronald Koeman‘s future at Barcelona is also in doubt, despite his success in the second half of the season.
“Koeman and the team are doing very well,” Laporta added.
“I’m very happy for them.”