Laporta Discusses Progress Made So Far On Messi Contract Talks

Barcelona president Joan Laporta say he has confidence Lionel Messi will stay at the club beyond his current deal after revealing talks of extending his contract are ‘progressing adequately'.

The six-time Ballon d'Or winner’s contract is set to expire in the summer, and Messi has not yet committed his future to Barcelona with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City interested.

However, Laporta confirmed that he is satisfied that negotiations are moving forward and remains optimistic that the Argentine legend will put pen to paper on a new deal.

The 33-year-old infamously handed in a transfer request last summer, and attempted to exercise a clause in his contract that would've enabled him to leave the Nou Camp for free.

However, Barcelona insisted the clause had expired and that any club looking to sign Messi would have to pay £606million.

Manchester City are the favourites to sign Messi having enjoyed an incredibly successful period at the Nou Camp under current City boss Pep Guardiola between 2008-12.

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He has also been linked with moves to Paris-Saint Germain and a return to his native Argentina.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 years ago

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