Lionel Messi has told the club he is willing to sign a new contract, that is according to reports in Spain.
The 33-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season when he will be able to leave on a free transfer. However, his father and agent, Jorge, has told club president Joan Laporta that Messi is willing to sign a new deal, but that intention is contingent on Barcelona being active in the summer transfer market. Specifically, the club must commit to putting together a squad capable of challenging for the Champions League for Messi to stay and, TVE add, take an unspecified pay cut.
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Meanwhile, Josep Bartomeu, the source of much of Messi’s frustration, resigned and has been replaced by Laporta, who won the recent presidential elections on a ticket of convincing Messi to stay at the club.
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