Linked to Paris Saint-Germain until 2023, with an optional additional year, Lionel Messi is the subject of requests for a contract extension. But for the moment, the Argentinian striker is pushing back the discussions and doing the business of FC Barcelona, who wants to get him back for free next summer.
Already satisfied with Lionel Messi last season, Paris Saint-Germain can only be delighted with his recent performances. The Argentinian has had an excellent start to the year and regains his bond with Neymar. What comfort management in its desire to extend the Pulga. Recall that Lionel Messi has started the last year of his contract which contains an option for an additional year. Time is running out for the capital club. Except that number 30 is in no hurry at all.
According to the Catalan daily Sport, which confirms information from L’Equipe, the former FC Barcelona player refuses to discuss his future with his leaders. The six-time Ballon d’Or, absent from the list of 30 for this year, prefers to remain focused on his start to the season. No decision should be made before the end of the World Cup, undoubtedly the main objective of the Parisian. This is why Lionel Messi has asked to postpone talks with Paris Saint-Germain. A boon for FC Barcelona who hope to bring their legend back to Camp Nou.
Journalist Guillem Balagué indicates that coach Xavi is encouraging his president Joan Laporta to get Lionel Messi free next summer. In reality, the initiative was already studied by Barça who would have resumed contact with Jorge Messi, father and agent of the player, at the start of the calendar year. The two parties seem open to a reconciliation after the clash last summer, when Joan Laporta pushed his captain out for financial reasons. It’s hard to say where their relationship is. In any case, the president of Barça publicly displays his desire to be forgiven.
Laporta blames himself
📊 Lionel Messi’s statistics by season between 2010 and 2019 with Barça.
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” Messi’s time at Barca didn’t end the way we all wantedrecently regretted the leader. His departure was conditioned by economic issues and we owe him a moral debt. We would like the end of his career to be done with the Barça jersey and to be applauded on all grounds. It is an aspiration that I have. Nothing has been said (with Messi’s entourage, editor’s note). I am jointly responsible for the end of his career and I would like that to happen. “Extend at Paris Saint-Germain or return to his favorite club, Lionel Messi will have to choose.