'I crossed my fingers Messi would stay'


FC Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto reveals he felt like every Blaugrana supporter when he heard the news that Lionel Messi wanted to leave.

Following the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League last month and losing the LaLiga title Real Madrid, the Argentine reportedly handed in a transfer request.

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A few weeks ago, Messi then came out to confirm that he did have the desire to leave the Catalan giants but did not want to take the team to court.

Roberto is pleased to have that his captain has remained but admits he was crossing his fingers in hope like all supporters.

"I thought the same as all the Catalans, that it could not be true that Messi did not continue with us," the midfielder told RAC1, as per the Daily Mirror.

"I cannot imagine a Barca without Leo, and I crossed my fingers so that he would stay. I see him training very well.

"He is a very professional player and I have no doubt that he will always give 100% for this shirt and this club."

Scroll through the gallery below to see the Barcelona departures in the current transfer window