Lionel Messi ‘gives Joan Laporta a list of demands to stay with Barcelona’ with undecided for the future
Lionel Messi’s demands to stay in Barcelona: Superstar ‘tells the club he will sign a new contract IF Joan Laporta signs a party tent, rebuilds around the youth … and gives him an idea of the president’s plans!’
- Lionel Messi has provided Barcelona president Joan Laporta with a list of his demands
- The Argentinian’s future is undecided, but may be willing to negotiate a new contract
- Requirements include a major summer sign-up and confidence in the club’s young talent
- Messi’s contract expires in the summer and a departure seemed inevitable
Lionel Messi has handed a list of demands to Barcelona president Joan Laporta, while the Argentinian wants to make a final decision about his future.
The Barcelona talisman appeared to be leaving the club when his contract expires in the summer, following last year’s public feud with the Spanish side he has played in since 2004.
But according to Eurosport, Messi is willing to consider signing a new contract at Nou Camp and has presented his demands to new club president Joan Laporta.
Lionel Messi is reportedly willing to consider signing a new contract to stay with Barcelona
The Argentinian has handed the new club chairman Joan Laporta a list of requirements he would make
The 33-year-old’s priority is strong business in the summer transfer window, with at least one marquee to ensure Barcelona makes a letter of intent.
Messi’s international teammate and friend Sergio Aguero was considered by Laporta, but the president is now believed to be focusing on bringing Erling Haaland to the Nou Camp in the summer.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and father Alfie met Laporta in Barcelona on Thursday in a two-hour encounter, but the Spanish side will face competition from the entire European elite to secure the striker’s signature, which Borussia Dortmund has valued at £ 154 million.
However, it’s not just big acquisitions that Messi has been asking for in his contract requirements. The Barcelona star wants the club to build around the young players coming through, and doesn’t want their potential to be stunted by bringing in a host of new names.
Messi would like Barcelona to build around their talented youngsters like Ilaix Moriba
Ansu Fati, Ilaix Moriba and Pedri were all impressed when they were given the opportunity by Ronald Koeman, and Messi is keen to continue guiding and helping them develop.
Laporta and Messi have a strong relationship, with the Spaniard also chairing the club between 2003 and 2010, overseeing a period when Barcelona won four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
One of the key elements of Laporta’s election campaign this time around was Messi signing a new contract, and the player would like him to have a direct line with the president and be kept informed of future plans should he stay at the club.
Laporta was president when Messi joined the club in 2004 and they have a good relationship
This desire for a constant line of communication also extends to Ronald Koeman, where Messi was frustrated with the way previous managers were unapproachable and the tension it caused.
He wants this good relationship with his manager to be maintained, as well as a more regular dialogue with Barcelona’s technical secretary Roman Planes, who Messi hopes to hear about his views and the views of other senior members of the locker room.
The Argentinian has already scored 31 goals this season, scored 12 times and assisted another six in his last ten games in all competitions.