Barcelona captain names his demands to extend his contract
Lionel Messi is yet to agree to a new contract at Barcelona, but he is open to staying at the Camp Nou, if thre significant demands are met by new president Joan Laporta.
The 33-year-old’s current deal expires on 1 July and is already free to negotiate with foreign clubs over a summer switch.
The Argentinian made it known that he wanted to leave last summer but was denied the opportunity, which left the world expecting to see him move clubs this year.
That is still very much a possibility but the pendulum has swung and now he is seriously considering staying at Barcelona, to the extent that it is now his preferred option.
However, he wants certain assurances before he puts pen to paper, and needs to know the club is heading in the right direction, reports Eurosport.
Barcelona are not currently flushed with cash, but Messi wants to see at least one big-name signing and other transfer activity where possible.
Manchester City pair Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia are possible free transfers this summer, while Erling Haaland would tick the box of a marquee signing.
Knowing the financial restraints the club are working under, Messi would also like to see young players developed and trusted more, with the likes of Ansu Fati, Pedri and Ilaix Moriba in mind.
Finally, he would like to be afforded a direct and open line with manager Ronald Koeman, which he already enjoys, but also with technical secretary Ramon Planes and Laporta.
Despite the uncertainty over his future and Barcelona struggling to meet their incredibly high standards of recent years, Messi has enjoyed another impressive season on the pitch, scoring 23 goals in just 26 La Liga games.
It was a poor start to the season and they have been dumped out of the Champions League, but Barca are still second in La Liga and just four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid so could finish the season in style with the title.
Source: Metro Sports