FC Barcelona have less than four months to convince Lionel Messi to sign a new contract with the club. As the Argentinian has entered the final year of his contract, the forward will be allowed to sign a pre-contract with another team from January 1st. Messi confirmed last week he was not leaving Barcelona this summer, despite submitting a transfer request in August.
Messi’s current deal wil run out in the summer of 2021 and his father and agent Jorge Messi, already revealed that leaving the club once his contract has expired was one of the possibilities. During his exclusive interview with Goal Messi revealed that his desire to leave Barcelona had been present since the summer of 2019 and that the recent events did not affect his wish.
With that in mind Barcelona have to do everything in their power to convince Messi of their new project in order to convince him to end his career with the club. Rumours surrounding the forward have already claimed that he has signed a multi-year contract with the City Group, the investors who own Manchester City and nine other clubs around the world.
In the meantime presidential candidate Victor Font has called the current board to step down immediately. He says that a new board is needed to convince Messi of his future with the club. “The next project should begin as soon as possible. Leo can negotiate from January with another club and it’s necessary for Messi to believe these guarantees for the future before he’s free”, he told Sport.