Laporta - Inter wanted Messi
Joan Laporta has confirmed that he turned down a bid in the summer from Inter Milan for Lionel Messi.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 13/11/09 12:35pm
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has confirmed that he turned down a bid in the summer from Inter Milan for Lionel Messi.
Messi recently extended his Barca contract to 2016 - which has a buy-out clause of more than £200million.
But Laporta confirms that Inter chief Massimo Moratti did indeed try to sign Messi - who is favourite win the Ballon d'Or later this year.
When asked in Corriere dello Sport if Moratti had expressed an interest in buying Messi, Laporta said: "Yes he did.
"But there is nothing to talk about. Messi is not for sale, he (Moratti) must forget about it.
"Massimo is a very successful businessman, but for how he behaves, especially a gentleman.
"Between us is born a beautiful friendship from the first meeting because he speaks to me as a brother.
"He has great human values, listens to others, but is also appealing and full of humour. This have made easier the exchange between Ibrahimovic and Eto'o."