Mercato: Messi would like to stay at Barça according to the Spanish press

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According to the program El Chiringuito, Lionel Messi would have advanced on his decision related to his future. The Argentine striker would like to stay at the club where he will end his contract next June.

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Lionel Messi (33) will not comment on his future until the end of the season. He said it in early January. But behind the scenes, the Argentine striker is inevitably studying options two months before the end of his contract next June. Courted by PSG and Manchester City, the six-fold Golden Ball is the subject of appeals from the foot of some of his compatriots, in particular on the side of the French capital. But in Spain, the news would rather lean towards another choice.

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According to the El Chiringuito show, Messi would like to stay at Barcelona next summer. The decision of the Pulga would be “very advanced” and would have matured towards this trend in recent months. The election of Joan Laporta as president would have been received as a good sign. The first contacts between the Messi clan and the management are described as “positive” by the Spanish channel. The doubts that have arisen in the striker’s mind in recent months have gradually dissipated.

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The player also takes into consideration the voice of his family, very happy in Barcelona where Messi has been established since his arrival in 2000. El Chiringuito estimate Messi’s chances of staying at Barça “at 90%”. The team’s results would comfort him in his decision-making. Despite the elimination in the round of 16 of the Champions League against PSG, Barça remains in the race to sign a cup-championship double.

Ronald Koeman’s men – appreciated by Messi and who should be maintained next season – have returned to one point behind La Liga leaders Atlético de Madrid. The Catalans challenge Real Madrid for a hot and decisive Clasico in the title race on Saturday. They will also meet against Athletic Bilbao the following week in the Copa del Rey final. With 29 goals in 38 games, Messi remains the driving force behind this team.

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