Real Madrid coach ZINRDINE Zidane has said he hopes that Saturday’s CLASICO meeting between his side and Barcelona will not be the last time Lionel Messi plays in the fixture.
The Barca captain’s contract expires this summer and his futures is up in the air having been linked with a move away ever since his attempts to leave the club last summer were unsuccessful.
New president Joan LAPORTA has vowed to keep the Argentinean at the club, but thus far no new deal has been forthcoming.
“I hope it’s not (Messi’s last CLASICO), I want him to stay at Barcelona, it’s good for the Spanish league,” Zidane told a news conference.
“We know what a player he is, but they’re a very good team and we’ll have to try and stop them playing to their strengths and be as good as we can be on the ball and play as best as we can.”