Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has questioned the wisdom of Manchester United failure to sign his compatriot Carlos Tevez.
Tevez’s frustration at his failure to secure a regular starting spot at Old Trafford has cast doubt over whether he will sign a new deal with the Premier League champions, as he nears the end of a two-year loan agreement.
Talks between United and the forward’s advisers remain ongoing but it has been suggested that Tevez could seek to pastures new.
However, Messi, who will meet United in the Champions League final next Wednesday, believes United boss Sir Alex Ferguson would be making a big mistake should he allow his fellow Argentinian to leave this summer.
“I have no idea why Manchester are letting my countryman go while he is talented enough to be in every team in the world’s starting line-up,” Messi said in The Times.
Messi also reiterated his commitment to Barca after he was quoted as stating that he would speak to candidate for the Real Madrid presidency Florentino Perez.
He added: “As far as I am concerned I want to continue with Barca.”