May 11, 2021

Lionel Messi & Joan Laporta discuss 2-year Barcelona contract on reduced terms, with US future integrated

Lionel Messi & Joan Laporta discuss 2-year Barcelona contract on reduced terms, with US future integrated

Koeman calm on Messi

The latest information regarding Lionel Messi bodes well for Barcelona supporters, with the dream of an extension possibly set to become a reality.

The early signs of confidence in the Argentine’s Catalan future have come from his coach, who was calm regarding questions on Messi’s future.

“I am not interested because I do not know if it is true,” Koeman said, when drawn on long-standing links to PSG. “That, in the first instance. And second, I hope that Leo continues with us. We have said it several times. For me he has to finish his career here because he has been here all his life, but it is a decision that Leo has to make.”

Lionel Messi & Joan Laporta discuss 2-year Barcelona contract on reduced terms, with US future integrated

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 16: Head Coach Ronald Koeman of FC Barcelona looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on February 16, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Caparros – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

“I am not concerned at all, I am concerned about tomorrow’s game (against Granada) and winning. What may happen at the end of the season we will see, but today I am not worried.”

Strong and confident words from the Dutchman. Maybe his headstrong thoughts were influenced by what has been ongoing behind the scenes at the Camp Nou.

Messi’s 2-year contract

With Joan Laporta once again the Barcelona president, a brighter future has been touted for the club.

In a week which has seen the club reportedly come close to securing a €500 million sponsorship deal, a positive update on Messi’s contract situation would be the ultimate win this season, barring of course the La Liga title.

Spanish outlet Esport3 claim to have information regarding a meeting between Laporta and Messi, centering around a 2-year contract, followed by a future connection to the US, and place back at the Camp Nou after he retires.

The main discussion points were:

  • Two more seasons at the Camp Nou
  • Barça’s ambassador to the United States
  • A position in Barça’s sport structure

With specific mention of David Beckham’s Inter Miami, where a reunion with Luis Suarez is touted, Messi’s playing career at Barca would end after two more seasons.

He would then return from the US to join the club’s off-field team, and help mould the future of the Blaugrana.

The image of Messi playing at another European giant is a difficult one to grasp, with a stateside finish to his career more palatable.

The Argentine is synonymous with Barcelona, and helping to lay out the future of one of the all-time best players would be a huge boost for the club.

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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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