Published:24 March 2021
According to renowned Spanish journalist Alfredo Martinez, Lionel Messi will decide on his future at FC Barcelona in May. Before giving the Argentine a new contract, newly appointed club president Joan Laporta will determine its financial situation. Lionel Messi has been associated with moving to either Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain since declaring his desire to leave Barcelona at the end of last season.
Lionel Messi revealed his desire to activate a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to leave Barcelona at the end of last season in an exclusive interview following his fallout with former club president Josep Bartomeu.
According to Barcelona, the clause had expired before the end of the season, and clubs interested in signing the Argentine superstar will have to pay his €700 million release clause. Messi considered suing the club but ultimately decided against it and chose to remain with Barcelona until the end of the current season.
Since the start of the current season, Messi, whose contract with Barcelona expires this summer, has been linked with a move on from the club. However, reports claim that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract and remain at Barcelona following Joan Laporta's appointment as club president.
According to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, Lionel Messi is "happier" at Barcelona and is likely to sign a new contract.
However, according to journalist Alfredo Martinez, Lionel Messi will decide on his Barcelona future in May. He went on to say that before giving Messi a new contract, club president Joan Laporta would determine the club's financial situation.
Despite transfer rumours swirling around him, Lionel Messi has been a standout performer for Barcelona this season. With his appearance in Sunday's victory over Real Sociedad, the 33-year-old became Barcelona's all-time appearance maker.
Lionel Messi scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Blaugrana to a 6-1 victory over Real Sociedad. Messi currently leads La Liga in scoring with 23 goals and is tied for second in assists.