Lionel Messi has still not been offered a new contract by Barcelona and there are no guarantees he will sign, despite his current contract starting last month and the arrival of Sergio Aguero from Manchester City
- Lionel Messi’s current deal with Barcelona expires at the end of this month
- But the 33-year-old Argentinian has still not received a formal contract offer from the club
- Messi’s camp says there are no guarantees he will extend his time there
- That’s despite Sergio Aguero saying he expects his compatriot to commit
Lionel Messi has not yet received a formal contract offer from Barcelona and there are no guarantees that he will remain at the Camp Nou despite the arrival of Sergio Aguero.
Barcelona is in the process of drafting a new contract for the 33-year-old Argentinian.
His compatriot Aguero, who has just moved from Manchester City, expects Messi to commit, but the player’s camp says the deal is far from over.
Lionel Messi has not yet been offered a new contract from Barcelona, his current one is coming to an end
According to reports in Spain, he has accepted the financial package proposed by Joan Laporta (R)
That is despite messages from Spanish outlet Cadena Cope that Messi has accepted the club’s financial package, as well as the payment structure they have proposed as part of the deal.
The outlet added that finer details have yet to be ironed out and the expectation remains that Messi will extend his 17-year career as part of the Barcelona first team, where he has won 34 trophies.
That would mark a remarkable turnaround from nearly 12 months ago when Messi rocked the club by making a transfer request after their 8-2 Champions League humiliation at Bayern Munich.
The reports will be music to the ears of compatriot and close friend Sergio Aguero, who was revealed on Monday as a Barcelona player, having also signed a two-year deal once his contract with Manchester City ends at the end of the month. expires.
“Of course we hope to play together,” Aguero said when asked if his arrival was an indication that Messi had decided to stay at the club.
Finer details need to be ironed out by the Argentinian who is now expected to stay with the club where he has won 34 trophies
“But what happens to Leo is a decision he will make with the club. It is a pleasure to play with him. If he stays here, which I think he will, we will do our best for the club to achieve great things.
‘I speak with’ [Messi] every day, but I can’t tell you what,’ Agüero added, laughing. “The last message was that he congratulated me on my signing.
“I’ve known him since I was a kid, but training with him every day, because the national team isn’t that often, will be much easier.”
Barcelona president Joan Laporta also confirmed that talks with Messi’s representatives are progressing well, stressing that the problem with the deal was never Messi’s financial motives.
Sergio Aguero hinted he expects Messi to stick with his unveiling at Camp Nou on Monday maandag
“Talks are underway with the people of Messi,” Laporta said when centre-back Eric Garcia was unveiled as the club’s newest signing. “Like I said, they’re fine. We hope to continue making progress.
‘It’s not ready yet, but I’m convinced, like [Aguero] said they would love to play here together. I’ve always said that the problem with Leo is not for him financially.
‘[Messi] shows a lot of understanding and wants to stay and have a competitive team that wins awards. The sooner we have a decision, the better of course, but we’re in no rush.’
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman also remains in charge and is ready to sign new terms
Sports post also revealed that current Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will remain in charge and is ready to sign new terms, but only if he accepts a pay cut in the club’s bid to reduce the crippling wage bill.
About Koeman’s future, Laporta said on Tuesday: ‘The talks went well. I think this period of reflection has been good. Koeman is doing better.
“None of us want what happened last season to happen again this season. I feel very comfortable talking to him and I hope he feels the same. He’s more outside than inside.’