Linked to FC Barcelona until June, Lionel Messi will be free from any contract at the end of the season. Newly elected at the head of the Catalan club, Joan Laporta makes the extension of the Argentine a priority. According to TV3, the Barcelona president has approached the father and agent of Lionel Messi. The first exchanges are described as cordial.
It’s no secret that FC Barcelona will do everything possible to keep Lionel Messi in its ranks. At the end of the contract at the end of the season, the Argentinian could freely leave his club this summer.
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Freshly elected at the head of the Catalan club in March, Joan Laporta recovered a very hot file on the fire. But the new president of FC Barcelona has never been pessimistic about seeing Lionel Messi leave. At the end of the Barcelona victory in the Copa del Rey, the Spanish leader did not fail to stress that the extension of the Argentine is a priority for him.
“It is our dearest wish. Today Leo made a football exhibition, with a team which played at a very high level. We really wanted to win back, the elected leader had again assured at the beginning of March. We won, we reached a grand final, against a great opponent (Athletic Bilbao), and the players needed this victory. I am delighted for all the players and the technical support, everyone. let this be the first cut in a new round of many others. “
A good relationship with his father and agent, Jorge Messi
Two months from the end of Lionel Messi’s current lease, time is running out and Joan Laporta is working hard to extend the Argentinian. According to information from TV3, the president of the club culé has formally contacted the father of the player, Jorge Messi, who also manages the interests of his son.
A first reconciliation would have taken place between the different parties. The two are said to have a relationship which is described as “good” by TV3.
The Spanish television channel claims that Joan Laporta is waiting to know the financial state of FC Barcelona and the results of the economic audit launched recently before transmitting a formal proposal for an extension to Lionel Messi.
A new career plan imagined over 10 years
Also according to TV3, FC Barcelona would study the possibility of offering a new long-term contract to Lionel Messi, with some specificities, however.
The Argentine would continue to play in Barcelona for two years and end his career in the United States, in a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. Finally, a reconversion plan within the Catalan organization chart is envisaged thereafter.
This contract would be assimilated to that offered to Juan Carlos Navarro in basketball. The 37-year-old playmaker first resumed as a player before ending his career in 2018. Recently, the former Spain playmaker was promoted to general manager of Barca’s basketball section.