Laporta calls for patience with new Messi deal

Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains optimistic that recently crowned Copa America winner Lionel Messi will extend his contract with the club but added that patience is the key.

It’s no more news that Lionel Messi is a free agent after his Barcelona contract expired on June 30. Reports suggest that the Argentina international has agreed a new five-year deal with the Catalans whilst accepting a substantial pay cut. However, there has been no official confirmation of the deal yet.

The club are facing significant financial challenges and this means that other players have to leave before Messi or any of the new signings can be registered ahead of the 2021/22 football season.

Regardless, Laporta has disclosed that negotiations are progressing steadily and is confident that a positive update would be disclosed shortly.

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“The professionals are doing their job well,” he said. “We are very satisfied with how everything is progressing.

“But you know that it is a special market that requires patience, skill and sometimes some juggling.

“But I think, as the summer progresses, we will be able to give good news.”

Messi, 34, has spent his entire playing career thus far as a Barcelona player and he has established himself as the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with a whopping 672 goals in 778 games.

In that time, he has played a significant role in winning 10 La Liga titles since 2004 when he made his debut, 7 Copa del Reys, and 4 UEFA Champions League trophies.

He recently added to his footballing exploits at the international level as he captained Argentina to Copa America glory after a 1:0 defeat of rivals Brazil in the final. Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the Ballon d’Or race as he is the favorite for the individual award.