Motta happy to stay at Barca
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
BARCELONA midfielder Thiago Motta is likely to remain at Camp Nou for next season despite being wanted by European champions Milan.
The Brazilian's agent, Dario Canovi, says that Milan wanted Motta as part of an exchange deal with one of their own stars, but this was refused by Barca.
"As far as I know, Milan asked Barcelona to exchange Motta with one of their players. I don't know who it was, but I don't think it was Rui Costa," Canovi told planetfootball.com.
Canovi says that his client is happy to stay with the Catalan side, although he revealed he was on minute wages compared to the other stars at the club.
"Motta would be happy to stay at Camp Nou.
"The only problem is that his wages are very low. Not only does he get less money than the other first-team members, but also less than the boys in the reserve team, who play in the Spanish Segunda Liga."
Canovi added that new Barca president Joan Laporta is facing the fact that he must sell at least one of the club's established stars, but thought it would not be his man - although you can never say never in football.
"The new president has, of course, to save as much money as he can, as the club's financial status is very bad. People at Barcelona have to deal with this difficult situation.
"In my opinion, Laporta is facing a difficult choice about the sale of three stars of his squad - Carles Puyol, Gabri and Thiago Motta.
"As for my charge, I wouldn't bet on a move this summer, but in football what is false today might come true tomorrow."