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Barcelona Presidential Candidate Reveals Lionel Messi Ambition

Ali Rampling
Jordi Farre has targeted a new Messi deal the day after the election
Jordi Farre has targeted a new Messi deal the day after the election / DeFodi Images/Getty Images
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Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farre has revealed that, should he win the presidential race, he will aim to tie Lionel Messi down to a new deal at Camp Nou the day after the election.

Farre is one of a number of candidates standing for the Barcelona presidency, with the 2021 election moved forward to 24 January following Josep Maria Bartomeu's premature resignation.

Messi handed in a transfer request in the summer of 2020
Messi handed in a transfer request in the summer of 2020 / DeFodi Images/Getty Images

The future of Messi has been a hot topic during the election campaign after the six-time Ballon d'Or winner handed in a transfer request in the summer.

The Argentinian was subsequently unable to force through an exit due to his €700m release clause, but his current deal expires in 2021.

"He is the best player in the history of football and we have to offer him an exciting project," said Farre [via Sport]. "We will be capable of motivating him and, the day after becoming president, I hope to have him renewed.

"Leo is a Cule and is waiting for a new board to see what project he's offered. What he wants is to be sold a dream, he needs that, and right now, not just the team, the club is sad and we need to give it a new impulse.

Messi was linked with a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City
Messi was linked with a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City / David Ramos/Getty Images

"I think Leo will stay, we have the capacity to offer him an exciting project, I want him to stay and he must be part of the club's future. I would dare to say that, if we win the elections, Leo will renew on Jan. 25." 

Messi is Barcelona's top earner, pocketing a princely €565,000-per-week. The club have endured financial difficulties because of the coronavirus pandemic, and in November players agreed a €122m salary reduction over the next three years to attempt to recover from the financial impact of Covid-19.

At the start of December, interim president Carlos Tusquets admitted it would have made financial sense to sell the 33-year-old during the summer.

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