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Laporta calls for patience with new Messi deal
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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 posit...
Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract held up by La Liga FFP rules
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Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract held up by La Liga FFP rules

Barca president Joan Laporta has disclosed that Lionel Messi's signing of a new deal with the club is being held up by La Liga's financial fair play rules. Meanwhile, the Argentine became a free agent for the first time in his professional playing career after his contract with the club expired on Thursday. La Liga president Javier Tebas has also warned the club that they must make cutbacks if they want to be able to register any new Messi deal ahead of the 2021/22 season. "We want him to stay and Leo wants to stay, everything is on track," Laporta told Onda Cero on Thursday. "We still have the financial fair play [issue] to sort out... we're in the process of finding the best solution for all parties." It can be recalled that Barcelona had the biggest salary cap in Spain befor...
Aguero helping to convince Messi to extend Barca contract
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Aguero helping to convince Messi to extend Barca contract

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that new signing Sergio Aguero is playing his part by helping to convince Lionel Messi to sign a new contract at Camp Nou. Messi's current contract will expire on June 30 and the Argentine is set to become a free agent if he refuses to renew with Barcelona. According to Laporta., the club are doing their best to make Messi commit his future to them and remain in La Liga after a season that was plagued with reports of his desire and threats to leave. "I would like Messi to tell us ‘yes’ as soon as possible. He would help us in every way," Laporta told La Vanguardia. READ: Dembele injured, to miss the rest of Euro 2020 for France He added that "Aguero is helping. He is telling him every day to stay" and "in communication with "[Mes...
Barcelona are interested in Roberto Martinez
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Barcelona are interested in Roberto Martinez

Barcelona have been in the news in recent weeks regarding managerial changes and reports suggest that the club are eyeing a move for Belgium national team coach Roberto Martinez. Ronald Koeman's future at Camp Nou still remains fairly uncertain although the recent meeting with club president Joan Laporta suggested that there were positives, with the Dutchman's agent Rob Jansen claiming that his client could continue beyond the end of his current contract with the Catalans. However, it appears that the initial meeting was inconclusive as Laporta appears to be on a search for replacements before the next meeting with Koeman where a major final decision will be made. One of the names that have emerged as a possible replacement for the Dutch manager is former Swansea, Wigan, Everton, ...
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PSG making more Messi comments to anger Barcelona

The 5:3 Copa Del Rey win against Granada was just one of the dramatic moments at Camp Nou this season.  According to Diario AS, there has not been a dull day at the club this season. This is coming as some things that could anger the Catalans happened in France. It's no more news that the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the signature of Lionel Messi. Although the folks at the Etihad have been keeping such aspirations under wraps, those at Parc Des Princes have been doing the exact opposite. READ: The amazing 10 European Championship moments of all time Messi's compatriot Angel Di Maria has spoken about the chances of the latter making a move to PSG next season. The mercurial attacker's contract with Barcelona expires on June 30 and it is n...