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Lionel Messi intends to stay at Barcelona with contract talks ongoing

Ross Jackson
Lionel Messi's deal at Barcelona expires at the end of this month
Lionel Messi's deal at Barcelona expires at the end of this month / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Lionel Messi's contract talks with Barcelona are understood to be at an advanced stage, though there remains some key details to be ironed out before a deal is signed.

Barça's talisman and all-time record goalscorer sent shockwaves around the world last summer as he outlined his intentions to leave Camp Nou.

Messi was reportedly unhappy at the sale of friend and former teammate Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid, with the Catalan giants trying desperately to trim their wage bill in a bid to balance the books.

Despite their attempts to move on a number of their high-earners, Barça have continued to insist that Messi remains at the forefront of their future plans and have refused to entertain the idea of him leaving.

The Argentina international has yet to pen fresh terms at the club he's represented for the last 21 years - meaning he could leave Camp Nou when his current deal expires in less than a week - though Sky Sports report that negotiations over a two-year contract are ongoing and an agreement is expected to be reached in the not too distant future.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is currently away with Argentina at the Copa America / MB Media/Getty Images

There are still a number of key issues to be resolved before Messi's stay in Catalonia can be confirmed, and Barcelona are keen to accelerate the discussions in the hope they can tie their key man down before his current contract expires.

While Barça fans will no doubt be relieved at the news Messi intends to remain at the club, exactly when a deal will be struck between the two parties remains to be seen.

Messi is currently away on international duty with Argentina at the Copa America, while his father and agent Jorge Messi left Barcelona this week - meaning the club will have to wait a little longer before resuming negotiations in a bid to tie down their captain.