May 27, 2024


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Barcelona: Lionel Messi contract ‘not done yet’ says president Joan Laporta

Lionel Messi celebrates with team mates
Lionel Messi was La Liga’s top rated goalscorer in the 2020-21 season with 30 targets

Barcelona president Joan Laporta states a new deal for Lionel Messi is “not finished nevertheless” but that “points are likely effectively”.

The Argentine striker, 33, is out of deal in June.

“We are going to give him a proposal that is within our suggests and we hope that it will be acknowledged by the player,” Laporta mentioned.

Laporta also mentioned Barcelona will not apologise for their position in the failed European Super League and will appeal versus any punishment from Uefa.

Messi despatched a fax to Barca in August 2020 stating he wished to depart the club.

Barcelona insisted his 700m euro (£624m) launch clause would have to be fulfilled – resulting in Messi staying at the club he has played for since 2000.

Spanish soccer specialist Guillem Balague has prompt that Paris St-Germain are “on the lookout intently” at Messi’s deal situation but Laporta says his executives are “doing work tricky to give him a fantastic proposal”.

“Points are going effectively with Messi but it is not completed yet,” added Laporta. “Our marriage is really good, Messi loves Barca – we want him to continue.

“He warrants more and could get a better deal somewhere else but I am confident he appreciates the efforts we are building.”

Messi skipped the last match of the period from Eibar right after remaining granted an early holiday break to rest just before the Copa The united states.

According to Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero is shut to signing a deal with Barca and could perform alongside fellow Argentine Messi.

Barcelona concluded 3rd in La Liga for the very first time because 2007-08, five details off Real Madrid in next, inspite of Messi staying La Liga’s prime goalscorer for the time.

Laporta would not affirm if manager Ronald Koeman would continue at the club, stating: “We are possessing a interval of reflection. He justifies regard. We have a venture that is exciting to a lot of people today.”

‘We are not going to say sorry’

Before this 7 days, European football’s governing overall body opened disciplinary proceedings versus Barcelona, Juventus and Actual Madrid for their part in the league, which later collapsed.

The other nine golf equipment renounced the venture but Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid have refused to do so.

“I’ve informed [Uefa president Aleksander] Ceferin that we are not likely to say sorry. And we do not plan on spending any sanction,” claimed Laporta.

“If we are sanctioned we’ll go to the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport.”