Joan Laporta 'Convinced' Lionel Messi Wants to Stay at FC Barcelona

Ali Shibil Roshan
Lionel Messi and Joan Laporta
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FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta is 'convinced' that Lionel Messi wants to stay at the club and has vowed to the Catalan outfit 'will do everything in our hands' to keep the Argentine international at the club.

Messi's contract with Barcelona is due to expire this summer, and the 33-year-old has been linked with a move away, with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain said to be keen on signing him.

Messi has not yet taken a decision on his future, and is expected to do so only at the end of the season, but there is a growing optimism at Camp Nou that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner will extend his stay at the club beyond this summer.

Laporta, who was elected Barcelona president this March, is convinced Messi, who he says is the best player in the world, wants to stay at the club.

"Leo is the best player in the world, a player that loves Barça," Laporta said [via Sport] after Barcelona defeated Athletic Club 4-0 in the Copa del Rey final and clinched the title. "I am convinced that he wants to stay and we will do everything in our hands to keep him here. That's what we want."

Meanwhile, Barcelona and Messi will now be hoping to win the La Liga title, where they sit third, five points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid, who have played a game more.