FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has told reporters that a new contract for Lionel Messi “is going well, but it’s not done yet”.
Messi’s mega-money deal at Camp Nou was signed in 2017 and is expected to expire this June, when the 33-year-old will be allowed to leave without being penalised.
“Our relationship is very good, Messi loves Barca - we want him to continue. He deserves more and could get a better contract somewhere else but I'm convinced he appreciates the efforts we are making,” Laporta stressed.
Blaugrana's president added that he remains “moderately optimistic” that he and Messi could clinch a deal that “is within the possibilities of the club and acceptable for the player”.
Last summer, Messi sent a fax saying he wanted to leave the club, with Barcelona insisting that his 700 million euro ($853 million) release clause would have to be met, something that prompted the Argentine football superstar to stay.