Lionel Messi is expected to extend his contract with Barcelona, with the club planning to give him a new 10-year contract.
After demanding a move last summer, the 33-year-old was desperate to leave Camp Nou,
but he was forced to stay after Barcelona requested that his £625 million release clause be fulfilled before any transfer could take effect.
According to TV3, newly-elected president Joan Laporta and Lionel Messi’s father,
Jorge Messi, had dinner together last week and had optimistic talks about Messi’s future.
Barcelona is willing to give the six-time Ballon d’Or winner a new 10-year
deal that includes two more seasons as a player with the Spanish giants,
as well as a potential transfer to a Major League Soccer club and a post-retirement executive position at Camp Nou.
Despite the Catalan club’s £1 billion in debts,
they are optimistic that they will be able to give Messi a new contract before his current contract expires in June.
On Thursday evening, Messi scored his 26th La Liga goal of the season,
but Barcelona missed out on a chance to go top of the table after losing 2-1 at home to Granada,
leaving them two points behind Atletico Madrid at the top.