Lionel Messi is reportedly close to signing a new 10-year contract with Barcelona.

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.

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