Argentine reporter Veronica Brunati says he's 'heard that Lionel Messi has told Joan Laporta', who is an FC Barcelona presidential hopeful, that 'he wants to stay' at the Catalan club.
Messi's FC Barcelona future has been a topic of endless discussion ever since the Argentine expressed his desire to leave the club last summer. While Messi eventually stayed put, his current contract with Barcelona is set to expire in the upcoming summer.
"I've heard that Messi has told Laporta that he wants to stay at the club. This is the information that I have today, but things can change in the case of a week, I know that there's been contact with Laporta," Brunati told Radio MARCA's show Viernes con Ellas [via Marca].
"Obviously Leo has to decide whether he wants to go into history as a player who has spent his whole career at a club or if he wants to go to another club, and in times of COVID, there aren't many clubs who can take on his wages, not even a PSG or Manchester City. I hope Leo stays at Barcelona, he's a fantastic player," added Brunati.
It remains to be seen what Messi will decide regarding his future. He has not yet opened up on whether he will renew the contract at the Catalan outfit or leave them in the summer, with Man City considered to be the favourites to sign.