Real Madrid had let Ronaldo go despite the €1 billion worth release clause in his contract, when he insisted on leaving the Spanish giant to experience new footballing terrain.
Messi is presently running a new contract with Barcelona that runs still 2020-21 season, with a release clause worth €700m.
“I cannot imagine that situation in which Messi is not with us,” Vives said. “I am already getting nervous because there have been many days without football [games]. We do not imagine this situation here.”
In response to Ronaldo’s arrival in Serie A. Inter Milan, through its main sponsors, Marco Tronchetti Provera, the CEO of Pirelli, had earlier this week, hinted that the club will make a bid for Messi.
But Inter vice president Javier Zanetti laughed off that suggestion while speaking to Fox Sports Argentina.
“It’s crazy,” Zanetti said. “It’s devoid of any truth that we’re going to ask for Messi.”
Vives, who also answered questions concerning the signing Malcom from Bordeaux a day after Roma announced they had reached an agreement to sign him.
“We are very calm with this signing,” Vives said. “We have acted in the correct manner. There was agreement between all parties. We cannot feel guilty for having signed a player with his talent.”