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Barcelona President Reveals the Role of Sergio Aguero in Ensuring That Lionel Messi Remains at the Club

Arjun Singh Devgan

Sergio Aguero is reportedly playing a key role in trying to persuade Lionel Messi to sign a new contract at Barcelona, with club president, Joan Laporta confirming that the Argentinian is trying to get his fellow countryman to stay at the Nou Camp.

Aguero joined Barcelona from Manchester City earlier in June and was it considered that his signing by Barcelona is expected to help ensure that they can get the record six-time Ballon d'Or award winner to stay with them.

Laporta - who was elected to his position in March following the resignation of his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu last year - has now explained that the former City striker is helping to persuade Messi to remain at Camp Nou.

Barcelona are expected to lower their wage structure and will look to sell players in the summers transfer window, with LaLiga chief, Javier Tebas revealing that the club will need to find a way to g around it.

"Barcelona have exceeded their wage cap. I hope they can keep Messi, but to do so, they will have to make cuts elsewhere," he told ESPN.

“The severity of the situation depends on the resources they are capable of generating. "Barca have to restructure their debt. If they manage that, the situation won't be serious. But they have taken their wage bill to the limit. And when football has coughed -- or, better put, punctured a lung -- they haven't wanted to absorb that loss of income. They must take measures."