Former Chelsea star Deco has sensationally claimed Lionel Messi will leave Barcelona.
The Argentine has found himself the subject of speculation that he could be headed for the Premier League – with Manchester United credited with an interest. And Deco says it is only a matter of time until the 27-year-old moves on.
As quoted on the Daily Star website, he said: “I know he will leave. One day he will leave. This is normal. “If only on the day that he stops playing, he will leave. “I understand that when a great player from a club speaks out there is always speculation. “But nothing lasts forever, especially in football.
“The big players move on, the great coaches depart. For those of us in the game that is normal.
“Of course with the history Messi has at Barcelona it is difficult for him to leave the club, but one day it will happen. “It could be this season, it could be a year from now, it could be five years from now.
“It will depend on several things – but the most important thing for a player like Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo to play their best, is to be happy.
“I think that’s the key – if Messi is happy he will continue at Barcelona. If he is not happy, he will seek out the best solution.”