Barcelona president Joan Laporta reveals contract talks with Lionel Messi are ‘progressing enough’ as confidence grows that Argentinian star will STAY at the Nou Camp amid ties with Manchester City and PSG
- The Barcelona legend is out of contract this summer and could leave for free
- Messi has also been linked to relocations to Paris-Saint Germain and Argentina
- Barça will play against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday evening
- Barca is third in the La Liga table, two points behind leader Atletico Madrid
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is confident that Lionel Messi will remain at Nou Camp after his current deal after revealing talks about renewing his contract ‘progress sufficiently’.
The Argentinian legend’s contract expires in the summer and Messi has not yet secured his future in Barcelona with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City interested.
However, Laporta confirmed that he is satisfied that negotiations are progressing and remains optimistic that the 33-year-old will put a new deal on paper.
Lionel Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona, but will be without a contract over the summer
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is confident Messi will extend his stay at Nou Camp
‘Everything [that has to do with Messi’s renewal] progressing sufficiently, ‘Laporta told LaSexta’s show’Gamers‘ on Friday.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner infamously filed a transfer request last summer, attempting to exercise a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to leave the Nou Camp for free.
However, Barcelona insisted that the clause had expired and that any club that wanted to sign Messi would have to pay £ 606 million.
Messi has been linked with summer moves to Manchester City and Paris-Saint Germain
Pep Guardiola will likely try to sign his former player Messi when he’s available for free this summer
Manchester City are the favorites to sign Messi should he leave Catalonia, without having had an incredibly successful spell at the Nou Camp between 2008-12 under current City boss Pep Guardiola.
He has also been linked with relocations to Paris-Saint Germain and a return to his native Argentina.
Despite being eliminated by PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League, Barcelona could still be on track for a successful season.
On Saturday evening, they will play against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final and are third at the LaLiga table, just two points behind leader Atletico Madrid.