Former Barcelona striker Javier Saviola says that “anything can happen” even if it seems unlikely that Lionel Messi will leave for Inter Milan
The Argentine star was linked with a shock move to Inter in the summer following rival Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m switch to Juventus in July from Real Madrid.
A move to Italy may seem unlikely for Messi though with the Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu hopeful that his star player will remain “a one-club man” for the remainder of his career.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is contracted at the Camp Nou until June 2021.
But, while acknowledging that any departure for Messi would be “complicated” and “hard to imagine”, Saviola feels that the Inter fans should not lose hope.
“Leo is really identified with Barcelona, it’s hard to imagine him with another shirt,” He told FCInterNews.
“In the future, however, anything can happen and that’s why Inter fans can’t lose their faith. But, I repeat, it will be complicated to see Messi join another club.”
Saviola played for Barcelona between 2001 to 2007, which included two loan spells at AS Monaco and Sevilla.
After making a controversial switch to Real Madrid from Barcelona, Saviola spent a further three years in Spain before leaving the Santiago Bernabeu for Portuguese side Benfica.
Further spells with Malaga, Olympiacos, Verona and River Plate followed before Saviola hung up his boots in 2016 and became an assistant coach at Andorran football club FC Ordino.