Messi comes clean on transfer influence


After revealing he contemplated leaving FC Barcelona in 2013, Lionel Messi has finally addressed speculation that he influences transfers at the Camp Nou.
Messi, 32, recently stated that he was considering leaving the Spanish giants after investigations over tax fraud against himself and father began as he felt 'badly treated' by authorities in Spain.
And while he candidly spoke about the hardships he endured with his family over the tumultuous period, the club record scorer went on to discuss he reported influence on signings.
It's been widely claimed in Spanish media that Messi holds the final say on incoming and outgoings of the Blaugrana squad and more recently wanted Neymar back over Antoine Griezmann.
"The last time I talked to Bartomeu [Barcelona's president] was in Liverpool, but we've not met since," Messi explained. "I have no problem with him.
"Sometimes, he asks for feedback from the dressing room on the subject of signings, like with Neymar or Griezmann. But it isn't true that I decide who we are to sign or which coach is here."
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Messi also went on to admit that his former teammate instantly regreted his world-record switch to Paris Saint-Germain but stopped short of claiming he blamed the board about the failed off-season dealings.
"I think that Neymar regretted leaving FC Barcelona from the first day. He realised that he was wrong.
"I didn't criticise the board for not signing Neymar. I was not part of the negotiations."