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Barcelona Boss Ronald Koeman Reportedly Nervous That Lionel Messi Won't Play Till 2022

Arjun Singh Devgan
Barcelona are yet to register Lionel Messi as their player ahead of the new season
Barcelona are yet to register Lionel Messi as their player ahead of the new season / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman is reportedly "quite nervous" that star player, Lionel Messi will not be able to play for them until the start of 2022, as per rumours that the club will not be able to register their greatest ever player.

Messi officially became a free agent in July and while it is understood that he has agreed to sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona by cutting his wages in half - the club are yet to register the Argentinian as they first need to sort out their finances before they can get the player on their books.

The Catalan giants need to reduce their staggering wage bill by 200million, with LaLiga rules stating that unless they do so, they will not be able to register their new signings including the likes of Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia.

If they fail to do so, they will not be able to register these new signings till January, though ESPN's Spanish football expert Gemma Soler claims that they will be able to resolve the situation, however admitting that Koeman is not comfortable with the current situation.

"I don't think so. There of course has to be some operations happening but I think FC Barcelona are working quite well in the office. Messi said before going to the Copa America 'I want to stay, I will make sacrifices'. He's already done that with this pre-deal of five years, cutting off about 50 per cent of his salary. So it's just a matter of administration.

"La Liga are of course interested in having Messi as well, so they are trying to make all the efforts to make it happen. All three parties - La Liga, Barcelona and Leo Messi - want him to play. I think on the opening day of the season against Real Sociedad, if I had to bet I would say we will be seeing Lionel Messi there.

"I think the key day is August 2, he will finish his holiday, he will come back to Barcelona and we will see the signing of the contract and everything will go more relaxed, especially for Ronald Koeman who is quite nervous with this situation."

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta has reiterated that Messi will remain at the club, and is confident that they will be able to manage their finances and get the deal over the line before the start of the season.