Lionel Messi needs Barcelona keep however talks ongoing

Lionel Messi needs Barcelona keep however talks ongoing

Joan Laporta has stated Lionel Messi needs to remain at Barcelona though he denied he has already reached an settlement to signal a brand new contract.

Messi, 33, is out of contract on the finish of the month, however studies Tuesday recommended he had given the inexperienced gentle to a brand new two-year deal at Camp Nou.

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Barca president Laporta defined issues aren’t that far alongside but, however echoed feedback made by new Barca signing Sergio Aguero on Monday that recommend Messi is prone to keep.

“Talks are ongoing with Messi’s individuals,” Laporta stated in a information convention when requested whether or not an settlement was in place. “As I’ve stated, they are going properly. We hope to maintain making progress.

“It isn’t achieved however I’m satisfied, like [Aguero] stated, that they want to play collectively right here. I’ve at all times stated the difficulty with Leo just isn’t monetary for him.

“[Messi] is exhibiting numerous understanding and needs to remain and have a aggressive team that wins trophies. The earlier we have now a call, the higher, in fact, however we’re not in a rush.”

If Messi indicators a brand new deal, it is going to mark a outstanding turnaround from final August, when he knowledgeable the membership of his need to go away following an 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

Since then, Laporta has returned as president, changing Josep Maria Bartomeu, and has promised to enhance the team to assist Barca compete for Europe’s largest trophies as soon as once more.

The Blaugrana adopted up the arrival of Aguero, Messi’s Argentine teammate and shut pal, with the signing of Manchester Metropolis defender Eric Garcia on a free transfer on Tuesday.

Laporta stated extra signings will observe, with sources confirming to Football4cast that talks are ongoing over strikes for Georginio Wijnaldum, Emerson Royal and Memphis Depay.

“We misplaced the league and there might be penalties,” Laporta added in reference to overhauling the squad. “That is the extent of demand there needs to be right here.

“We wish to enhance the team and there might be extra [signings]. We’re working on it. We have to steadiness the squad, and you will notice what we’re working on quickly. Subsequent week there might be extra information.”

Laporta additionally gave the largest indication but that Ronald Koeman will proceed as coach.

Sources instructed Football4cast final week that Barca have been exploring potential replacements however {that a} lack of credible options might see the Dutchman saved on for the second yr of his contract.

“I might say he is nearer to [staying] than [leaving],” Laporta stated. “We’re in a interval of reflection, however talks are going properly.”

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