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Brazil Legend Rivaldo Believes Lionel Messi Will Stay at Barcelona for 'Few More Years'

Lionel Messi is out of contract in the summer
Lionel Messi is out of contract in the summer / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Barcelona legend Rivaldo has tipped Lionel Messi to sign a new contract and remain at Barcelona beyond this season. The Argentine has been linked with a switch away from Camp Nou since putting in a transfer request last summer, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain most keen on signing the 33-year-old.

With Joan Laporta being re-elected as the club's president earlier this month, Rivaldo believes Messi can be convinced to extend his stay with the LaLiga giants.

“Barcelona are massively improving in the last few weeks, capitalising on Lionel Messi’s superb form and the election of a new president. Messi looks much more connected and happier since Juan Laporta’s arrival – a president he knows well,” Rivaldo said (h/t Goal).

“For that reason, I’m starting to believe more and more that Messi might reach an agreement with the new board and sign a new contract to stay at the club for a few more years. Messi had a confidence boost with the new president election – someone he has a good connection with – raising the chances of him considering to stay for a bit longer.”

Pep Guardiola is eager to reunite with his former player and bring him in as replacement for Sergio Aguero, who looks most certain to leave the Etihad in the summer. PSG, meanwhile, believe Messi is the missing piece of the jigsaw in an attacking trio that also includes Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

However, the Barcelona talisman has insisted that he will not make a decision on his future until the end of the season. Rivaldo also believes that if his former side manage to bring in David Alaba from Bayern Munich that could also convince Messi to rethink his decision to leave.

He added: "It was looking clear that Alaba would sign for Real Madrid at the end of the season, but it seems now that Barcelona are also trying to bring the player in and I’m sure he would be a nice upgrade to Barcelona’s defence.

“He is a great player, current European champion and with many years ahead of him, so it would be a great signing. Of course, many would see it as a victory against Real Madrid, but I don’t see things like that. Barcelona need to focus on themselves and don’t think about rivals because that’s the only way they can get back to being the strong European team they were some years ago.”