Lionel Messi tells Barcelona he WILL stay with the club with a contract expiring in two months … but tells President Joan Laporta he MUST be committed to making the squad a dominant force.
- Lionel Messi has reportedly committed his future to Barcelona after this term
- The Argentinian star’s current contract with Nou Camp expires at the end of June
- His future has been in the air since he told club by fax that he wanted to leave
Lionel Messi has pledged his future to Barcelona and has agreed to stay beyond this season, according to reports in Spain.
The Argentinian star’s current contract at Nou Camp expires at the end of June and his future has been in the air since he told the club by fax that he wanted to leave last summer.
But now the uncertainty seems to have disappeared as Messi tells Barcelona that he will stay with the club, according to the Spanish broadcaster. TVE.
According to reports in Spain, Lionel Messi has committed to Barca after this term
Messi has reportedly told club chairman Joan Laporta (R) that he must make the team of Ronald Koeman (L) stronger in return.
The report alleges that Messi, who has been linked with moves to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, has also told club chairman Joan Laporta that he should make the team around him stronger in return.
It has been a shaky season for Messi and Barcelona after Ronald Koeman’s appointment as manager last summer.
Koeman was thrown in the deep end with his star man worried about leaving, but the 33-year-old ultimately stayed as the club blocked his transfer by demanding his astronomical £ 625m release clause be met.
In December, the Catalan giants were 12 points behind LaLiga leader Atletico Madrid and were trapped in institutional chaos, but fast forward to now and Barcelona are just two points away from Atletico and have a game in hand.
Laporta, one of Messi’s allies, was also named club chairman in March and Koeman won his first trophy at the helm when Barcelona won the Copa del Rey earlier this month.
Messi won the Copa del Rey trophy a few weeks ago when Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League after being comfortably swept aside by PSG. That European exit came after their humiliation by Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals last season.
Messi wants assurances that Barcelona will bring reinforcements this summer, but the club is short of cash due to the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
While Barcelona’s great Xavi has insisted Messi was’ not happy on the field ‘over the past few seasons, lamenting his former club’s failure to make the most of having the’ best footballer in the world and in the history’.
Messi, his wife Antonela Roccuzzo and three sons Thiago, Mateo and Ciro will remain in Spain