Barcelona president Joan Laporta reveals contract talks with Lionel Messi are ‘progressing adequately’ as confidence grows that Argentine star will STAY at the Nou Camp amid links to Manchester City and PSG
- The Barcelona legend is out of contract this summer and could leave for free
- Messi has also been linked with moves to Paris-Saint Germain and Argentina
- Barca play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday evening
- Barca are third in the La Liga table, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid
The Argentine legend’s contract is set to expire in the summer, and Messi has not yet committed his future to Barcelona with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City interested.
However, Laporta confirmed that he is satisfied that negotiations are moving forward and remains optimistic that the 33-year-old will put pen to paper on a new deal.
Lionel Messi has spent his whole career at Barcelona but is out of contract in the summer
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is confident Messi will extend his stay at the Nou Camp
‘Everything [that has to do with Messi’s renewal] is progressing adequately,’ Laporta told LaSexta’s show ‘Jugones‘ on Friday.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner infamously handed in a transfer request last summer, and attempted to exercise a clause in his contract that would’ve enabled him to leave the Nou Camp for free.
However, Barcelona insisted the clause had expired and that any club looking to sign Messi would have to pay £606million.
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 if he’s available for free this summer
Manchester City are the favourites to sign Messi should he leave Catalonia, witht he forward having enjoyed an incredibly successful period at the Nou Camp under current City boss Pep Guardiola between 2008-12.
He has also been linked with moves 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 still could be on course for a successful season.
On Saturday evening they play Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final and they are third in the LaLiga table, just two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.