Several football writers, like Guillem Balague and Fabrizio Romano, believe Lionel Messi will remain at Inter Miami for the upcoming season.
The Miami-based team’s 1-0 loss against FC Cincinnati on Wednesday marked the official end of the MLS season and cost them a postseason position. The season won’t start up again until February, which is six months later.
Messi had been linked with a loan move back to Barcelona and Al-Hilal due to this extended vacation, two clubs that rejected the move during the summer in favor of the move to the US.
Messi will take a monthlong vacation like all other football players. So forget about moving to Saudi Arabia or anywhere similar,” said Guillem Balagué, a Spanish football journalist who was one of the first to reveal Messi’s move to Miami.
Tata Martino, the coach of Inter Miami and Messi’s previous employers at Barcelona and Argentina, called the rumors unexpected.
“That’s unexpected. I have no knowledge about that. Yes, it’s likely if you’re saying he’ll travel to Barcelona for a holiday, but I have no knowledge of the other aspect.