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Joan Laporta Remains Optimistic Over Keeping Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona

Ali Shibil Roshan
Joan Laporta remains optimistic about sealing Lionel Messi contract extension.
Joan Laporta remains optimistic about sealing Lionel Messi contract extension. / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains optimistic over keeping Lionel Messi at the Catalan outfit as he insisted 'everything is going well'.

Messi became a free agent after his contract with Barcelona expired at the end of June, but the 34-year-old is still expected to remain at the La Liga side next season.

Reports that Messi has agreed terms with Barcelona on a new five-year contract emerged earlier this week, and while the Argentine is yet to put pen to paper, Laporta remains optimistic over sealing the deal.

"Messi? The message is one of calm and patience. Sometimes you have to juggle. Everything is going well," Laporta said, as quoted by Marca.

While personal terms may no longer be an issue, Barcelona will have to cut costs drastically to balance the books before they can announce the contract extension. The Catalan outfit could offload several players this summer, with Antoine Griezmann among those who have been linked with a move away from the club.

Griezmann could return to his former side Atletico Madrid in a deal that would see Saul Niguez join Barcelona, while a move to Premier League is also not entirely out of question.

Miralem Pjanic, who joined Barcelona last summer, could also be on the move this summer, with the midfielder having been already linked with a return to Serie A.


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