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Leo Messi is continuing his World Cup preparation with Argentina in Barcelona. The player, in an interview for Mundo Deportivo, has talked about Barca’s season, titles, elimination from the Champions League, Valverde and possible signings. In addition, he also previewed what will be his fourth World Cup, which will start in just a week’s time. Don’t miss the highlights of the interview:
"The Champions League is exciting for everyone, but we must always fight for all the titles. When the season begins we want to win everything, including the League and Cup, they’re also important for us."
"Valverde has no problem with telling you anything. He is a good and sincere person, he knows football and prepares very well. He takes the time to transmit what he wants and speaks a lot with the players”
"With good players they’re easy to understand and Griezmann is one of the players that’s going through a great moment in his exceptional career. If he came, then the coach will already know how everything fits. We want to be the best team in the world and that is why we want to have the best players.”
ELIMINATION AGAINST ROMA
"There is no explanation for the KO in Rome. We fell asleep. It cost us a lot and we weren’t up to it. If you look at it, we only lost three games during the season and one left us out of the Champions League.”
"I will be proud to be the captain of this club for all that means, it's a pleasure. I’ve had spectacular examples in Puyol, Xavi and Andrés, and I think that I will know more or less how to handle things.”
POSITION ON THE PITCH
"In the future, I would have no problem playing in midfield, I've done it several times this year at Barça and for the national team. But my game is not so static to stay in that position. I like to get forward and get past players from that position, to be closer to the goal, so it could fit me well."
RETIRING AT BARÇA
"I always said that in Europe I would like to end at Barça, and I would love to play in Argentina, at Newell's, but I don’t know if it will happen. I don’t think so. I’ll talk with the family and we’ll see what to do. There is still time. "
"A World Cup is very difficult, the best are there and that's why it's so hard to win. There are many great players: Brazil have Neymar and Coutinho, Spain: Iniesta and Silva, Germany have a great team, Belgium have Hazard and De Bruyne, France with Griezmann and Mbappé... It's full of great players.
"I am proud that people from all over the world want to see us raising the World Cup. They transmit that to me everywhere and give us encouragement. It's spectacular, impressive. I hope I can please them and return this affection by winning the World Cup in Russia.”
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