Inter Milan midfielder Thiago Motta has claimed that Barcelona sensation Lionel Messi will move to Italy ‘sooner or later’.
Motta – who played for Barcelona for six years before move to Inter Milan in 2009 – doesn’t believe that the Argentina international will remain at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career.
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He said: “If Messi was to leave Barcelona then the first team he would join would be Inter. He is still young, but sooner or later the moment for him to change will come.”
These are certainly confident words from Motta who would have grown up with Messi at Barcelona. He perhaps knows how the Argentinean thinks and believes that Inter Milan would be a suitable move for him at some stage.
At the moment though, Messi’s attentions are very much with Barcelona as they host Sevilla this evening hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, Pep Guardiola’s men are level on points with surprise package Levante at the top, although they don’t play until Sunday, so Barca can extend their lead with a victory this evening.
This is of course something they are expected to do. Especially when you consider that in the last four home games, they have scored 18 goals and failed to concede any. You don’t get more convincing form than that.
Sevilla are doing just fine themselves though and will go to into tonight’s game full of confidence. They are unbeaten so far having won all of their home games and drawn all fixtures on the road, something they would more than settle for continuing this evening.
Looking at the team news, Barca are set to welcome back a host of players from injury. Carles Puyol, Eric Abidal, Javier Mascherano and Dani Alves could all play, while Cesc Fabregas is also set to come back in to give Xavi a rest in midfield.
For the visitors, winger Diego Perotti and in-form striker Alvaro Negredo will have late fitness tests ahead of the toughest challenge to their unbeaten run to date.
This one gets underway at 9pm this evening.