& # 39; I hope we make Messi so happy that he wants to stay & # 39 ;: Barcelona boss Quique Setien desperately seeking superstar to go beyond his current contract
- Barcelona boss Quique Setien waits for Lionel Messi to stay in the club
- The contract of the Argentinian superstar expires at the end of the following season
- Setien, who was hired last month, wants to keep the talisman forward content
- Messi scored the first goal of the Setien era and delivered a brace against Leganes
Setien, who was hired to replace Ernesto Valverde last month, relied heavily on the heroic deeds of Messi during his four open competitions.
The Argentinian scored the first goal of the new manager's term of office and also provided a brace in the victory of Copa del Rey against Leganes on Thursday.
And prior to the Barcelona clash with Levante, Setien revealed that he was the spear for Messi to tie his future to the Catalan giants.
Setien told the Spanish newspaper SPORT : & I hope we make Messi so happy that he wants to stay. & # 39;
] The 61-year-old tactician wrote a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Nou Camp outfit after the Barcelona negotiations with club legend Xavi had not reached an agreement.
But after Valverde's resignation, Setien handed over the reins instead and the former Real Betis coach believes that Barcelona left their typical playing style under his predecessor.
& # 39; I do believe that Barca's play departed from the original idea, & # 39; added Setien.
& # 39; I want to win all the games and my dream is to leave a good memory behind. & # 39;
Setien & # 39; s was criticized for a surprising lack of sharpness, with Barcelona falling to a weak defeat against Valencia, but the new manager is adamant that the club will face without the offside Luis Luisarez.
He said: "We can play without pure striker, with [Antoine] Griezmann or we'll find out."
The reigning champions are currently second in LaLiga, and drag table toppers Real Madrid with three points.