Barcelona is still confident that Lionel Messi will stay despite the threat of a Champions League ban
Barcelona is still confident that Lionel Messi will get a new contract despite UEFA’s threat of a Champions League ban on the Super League debacle … with the Argentinian expected to sign new terms after the Copa America .
- Barcelona believes a Champions League ban will not change Lionel Messi
- Messi is currently in Argentina preparing for this summer’s Copa America
- He is alarmed by the threat from UEFA to ban Barcelona for the Super League debacle
- But the signing of Sergio Aguero was made to keep the captain happy
- Messi is expected to sign new terms with Barcelona after the Copa America
Barcelona does not believe that a possible Champions League ban from UEFA Lionel Messi will change his mind about staying at the Nou Camp.
The Catalan club celebrated 12 years since Lionel Messi scored on Thursday in the Champions League final in Rome to beat Manchester United, and they still expect him to stay for two more years.
Messi is currently in Argentina preparing for the Copa America, which kicks off on June 13 with a match in Buenos Aires against Chile.
Barcelona does not believe a possible Champions League ban will change the view of Lionel Messi (Wednesday in Argentina) about staying at the Nou Camp
They still expect him to put a new deal with Barcelona on paper after the Copa America
He is alarmed by the threat from UEFA to punish Barcelona for their continued commitment to what now amounts to a three-team European Super League.
But they still expect him to put pen to paper on a new Barcelona deal after the Copa America tournament ends.
The imminent arrival of Sergio Aguero brings one of Messi’s best friends into the Barcelona dressing room and is designed to keep the Barcelona captain happy.
President Joan Laporta is also aware that Messi’s preference on the bench would be for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola who is returning to the club, but he knows Guardiola has no plans to coach the first team next season.
Ronald Koeman will remain at the helm if Laporta cannot find a convincing replacement.
On Thursday it will be 12 years since Messi scored in the Champions League final in Rome to beat Manchester United
President Joan Laporta will hold his first press conference on Friday since he won the election
Messi would not be against the Dutchman who continues for lack of an obvious alternative.
Koeman appears to be on the cusp of getting one of his requested new hires from Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum agent in the Nou Camp office on Thursday.
Koeman wants to start next season with Dutch internationals Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong alongside Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Ilaix Moriba as his midfield options.
Manchester City defender Eric Garcia is likely to be announced after the Champions League final and Barcelona can wait until then to confirm Aguero’s arrival.
President Laporta will hold his first press conference on Friday morning since winning the March elections.