FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has told reporters that a new contract for Lionel Messi “is going well, but it’s not done yet”, APA reports citing Sputnik.
Messi’s mega-money deal at Camp Nou was signed in 2017 and is expected to expire this June, when the 33-year-old will be allowed to leave without being penalised.
“Our relationship is very good, Messi loves Barca - we want him to continue. He deserves more and could get a better contract somewhere else but I'm convinced he appreciates the efforts we are making,” Laporta stressed.
Blaugrana's president added that he remains “moderately optimistic” that he and Messi could clinch a deal that “is within the possibilities of the club and acceptable for the player”.
“For Leo, it is not about money, it is about the team and its chances of winning. Leo, above all, wants to feel comfortable, to feel appreciated. And then to win,” Laporta said, declining to elaborate what salary the club can offer Messi.