Antoine Griezmann accepts Lionel Messi’s future is “not in our hands” but hopes Barcelona’s inspirational captain can be convinced to remain at Camp Nou.
Messi was in typically brilliant form with a brace as Barca hammered Athletic Bilbao 4-0 to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, the Blaugrana’s first trophy under Ronald Koeman.
Griezmann had started the rout with the opening goal on the hour, with Frenkie de Jong doubling Barca’s lead.
Messi’s future at Los Cules, where he is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, remains the subject of debate with his contract up in June and Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain still rumoured to be interested in putting together a lucrative deal for the Argentina great.
Newly-re-elected president Joan Laporta spoke of his hope that Messi, who tried to engineer a move before the start of the campaign, will stay put and Griezmann echoed those sentiments.
“I think he’s good here, we’ll see what happens,” Griezmann said in quotes reported by L’Equipe.
“It is not in our hands. It is he who will decide, but we are proud and happy of the have with us and hope he will stay.”
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