Barcelona president ‘reasonably optimistic’ that Lionel Messi will keep at membership


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With a month left on Lionel Messi’s contract, membership president Joan Laporta is “reasonably optimistic” that Barcelona’s best participant will keep put.

“There can be a brand new contract for Messi, however it’s not achieved but,” Laporta stated on Friday in his first information convention since he began his second stint accountable for the Spanish powerhouse.

Final summer time, Messi wished to depart the membership following a season with out a title however was denied an exit. He stated in December that he would postpone a call on his future as soon as the season had ended. Messi’s contract expires on June 30.

Laporta stated that he’s “reasonably optimistic” that he and Messi can attain a deal that “is throughout the prospects of the membership and acceptable for the participant.”

Laporta didn’t reveal what wage the membership can provide Messi, saying that Barcelona remains to be finishing up an inside audit with its funds arduous hit by 1.2 billion euros ($1.four billion) of debt and 350 million euros ($426 million) in losses this season. Laporta stated that Barcelona will have the ability to stability its books in two years, because of the continued curiosity that sponsors and buyers have proven within the membership.

Laporta stated Messi wished a extra aggressive Barcelona on the sphere.

“Leo certainly deserves extra and will make extra elsewhere, however his want is to make Barça nice,” Laporta stated. “I’m positive that he appreciates the trouble we’re making, and I feel that he’s excited and motivated by the mission we’re constructing. For Leo, it’s not about cash, it’s in regards to the workforce and its possibilities of profitable.

“Leo, above all, needs to really feel comfy, to really feel appreciated. After which to win.”

Laporta efficiently led Barcelona from 2003-2010 when Messi was blossoming right into a star. He returned to energy after profitable membership elections in March following the resignation of predecessor Josep Bartomeu.

The 33-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to 4 Champions League titles and 10 Spanish league titles.

Barcelona completed the Spanish league in third place and was knocked out of the Champions League within the final 16. Its solely title was the Copa del Rey.

That is left the way forward for coach Ronald Koeman doubtful.

Laporta stated that he and the previous Barcelona defender are in talks to see what course the workforce ought to take, however he wouldn’t affirm that Koeman can be allowed to complete the 12 months left on his contract.

“My relationship with Koeman is superb. That is about ensuring we share the identical imaginative and prescient and targets,” Laporta stated. “He has informed me that he needs to proceed. We’re in a interval of reflection with him to see what we do going ahead.”



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