Despite this, a former teammate of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner believes new conditions will be hammered out at Camp Nou.
Xavi “would bet” on Lionel Messi signing a new contract with Barcelona in the near future, after financial issues at Camp Nou are resolved, and both parties of the negotiations are seen as “needing” each other.
After his previous contract expired on June 30, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is legally a free agent.
Despite long-standing interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, no talks have taken place with other clubs. However, the Liga heavyweights have salary limit worries to deal with before they can work out new terms with the talismanic figure.
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What’s been said so far?
Xavi, a former Messi teammate, told Mundo Deportivo that Catalunya is suffering from an unexpected headache: “We must wait because of market conditions.
“I’m guessing he’s speaking with the club’s president.
“As a buddy and a cule [a Barcelona fan], I wish Leo all the best and hope he stays at Barca. It is hoped that it will be made public as soon as feasible.”
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Barca president Joan Laporta has repeatedly voiced optimism that a new contract will be reached with the all-time great.
A hefty wage bill does, however, need to be trimmed before that paperwork can be signed, with plenty of departures being discussed.
“If I had to wager, I would say that he will continue at the club,” Xavi says, adding, “although many things have been spoken in football, I would say that he will continue.”
“Leo requires Barca, and Barca requires Leo.” He is content in Barcelona, where he has lived his entire life. I’m betting on him renewing.”
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