The chairman of a second division Turkish side Altinordu Mehmet Ozkan says he would reject the chance to sign Lionel Messi from Barcelona , even if he were to play for free.
Altinordu , who pride themselves on their excellent youth academy , strive for a team built only from the prospects developed from their system , and currently have no player over the age of 21 on their books .
Ozkan insists he would not break the structure he has instilled at the club , not even for arguably the best player to have ever played the game .
‘’ Even if Messi wants to play for Altinordu for free, I would definitely reject him , ” he told the club’ s official website.
“ I believe in our young Turkish players . I ’ m giving chances to them. ”
‘’ Our target is to be in the Super League and competing in European cups in 2023 which is our 100 th year . ’’
Messi ’ s Barcelona future is currently unclear having failed to negotiate a new deal at Camp Nou and he has been linked with a return to Argentina to play for boyhood club Newell ’ s Old Boys