Lionel Messi ‘set to sign new Barcelona contract’ to end speculation over his future

Lionel Messi is reportedly close to signing a new deal which would keep him at Barcelona until 2023.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has been with the club since joining their academy in 2001, scoring a sensational 629 goals in 720 appearances in all competitions and establishing himself as one of the greatest players of all time.

The Argentinean’s current contract is due to expire at the end of next season, and there has been speculation that he could finally move on and seek a new challenge.

But according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo the 32-year-old will soon put pen to paper on a new deal with the Catalan giants which would keep him at the Nou Camp for two more years.



Lionel Messi has been back amongst the goals since La Liga resumed

They claim the deal will be on roughly the same terms as his current one, but will allow him the option to terminate it if he does decide to leave at any stage.

It is thought talks are being postponed until the end of the season, with Messi fully focused on trying to help his side retain the La Liga title.

Barcelona are currently five points clear of Real Madrid at the top of the table having played a game more, with Messi having scored in both their 4-0 win over Mallorca and 2-0 victory over Leganes since the season has resumed.

Messi has always seemed committed to the club even though his relationship with board members has often been complicated.



Messi looks set to extend his stay at Barcelona for a further two years

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He said earlier this year: “I love Barcelona although I really do miss Rosario. This is my home, I’ve been here longer than Argentina.

“I love Barcelona, where I live and I really enjoy what I do for a living.”

Messi and co are next in action on Friday night when they host third placed Sevilla.

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