The Argentine has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea recently.
Reported Chelsea target Lionel Messi is only still at Barcelona due to a promise he made to former Nou Camp manager Tito Vilano, report the Mirror, who are working on quotes from former Nou Camp coach Henk Ten Cate.
Messi is believed to be frustrated with the current situation at the Nou Camp under manager Luis Enrique, with the weekend defeat to David Moyes’ Real Sociedad seemingly having opened some serious scars in the club’s hierarchy, and Chelsea are believed to be interested as the Argentine maestro considers his future with the Catalan side.
Ten Cate believes that Messi would already have left the Nou Camp if it wasn’t for a “promise” made to his former manager Tito Vilanova before his tragic death from cancer, however, and is also quoted as saying that the problems between Messi and the club have been continuing for some time:
“As far as I know these problems started around two years ago. Messi is only at Barcelona because of a promise he made to [former boss] Tito Vilanova on his deathbed.”
The Dutchman, who was assistant to Frank Rijkaard at the club, also believes that the Argentine would be wise to move on in the near future, with Ten Cate believing that a “new challenge” would revitalise his career – potentially at Stamford Bridge.