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Gerard Pique Hopeful of Lionel Messi's Barcelona Stay

Mudeet Arora
Pique hopes Messi can stay on at FC Barcelona
Pique hopes Messi can stay on at FC Barcelona / Fran Santiago/Getty Images

FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has revealed that he hopes for Lionel Messi to sign a new deal at the club and that the announcement of the same will be done sooner or later.

Pique wants Messi to continue to stay on at the club, at least for the 2021-22 season despite his contract having expired at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

As reported by Marca, while speaking on Messi's future, Pique said, "We're waiting for him to sign the renewal and to have him with us. I hope he's convinced."

Barcelona will hope to come up with better performances in the upcoming season as compared to their last campaign when they lost the league in the first five months of the competition with Atletico Madrid running away with the title.

Pique expressed his thoughts on the 2021-22 season and sounded hungry for glory as he said, "I'm going into this season with the same enthusiasm as my first."

Meanwhile, Messi's renewal at Barcelona has never been in doubt ever since club president Joan Laporta handed out an update on the Argentine's future stating that talks of his stay at the club are progressing well.

This update came after Messi finally won an international trophy with Argentina in the form of the 2021 Copa America.

While the situation looks pretty good for Barcelona, they must not forget that in order to make Messi's contract and wages financially feasible, the club will have to let go of some of their big players this summer.

Till date in the summer transfer window, Barcelona has not announced any departures from their first team.

Players like Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho have all been put on the transfer list, however, there have been no takers for them till date.

Failure to part ways with these players will turn into a major financial issue for Barcelona when it comes to Messi's new contract.