Lionel Messi’s Barcelona exit rumours have apparently died a slow death over the past few weeks ever since it became quite clear that Argentine superstar doesn’t want to leave the Catalan giants right now. Messi, himself, is even reportedly considering not leaving Barca until he’s ready to retire.
But the question remains why Messi is taking so much time to sign a new deal? Is it simply money or something else bothering the Argentine wizard?
You won’t believe the actual reason!
Spanish publication Marca claims Messi first wants quality reinforcements in Barcelona midfield. He is basically tired of serving so many duties. Ever since Xavi Hernandez left Barcelona, the La Liga giants’ midfield has lost the golden touch, the tempo and creativity in the middle of the pitch are missing.
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And so, it all came down to Lionel Messi to take the extra pressure to lift the confidence and tempo of the midfield along with helping Suarez and Neymar in the final third. Throughout the Luis Enrique’s Barca tenure, it has become evident match after match.
Messi wants a clear answer from the club hierarchy. What would be the summer window plans? Will there be any high-quality midfield signing?
Meanwhile, according to a report from Diario SPORT, his father is scheduled to meet club president Josep Maria Bartomeu to discuss the new contract offer from Barcelona and agree on all details to pave the way for Messi to re-signing with the club.
Barcelona is planning to keep Messi at Camp Nou until 2022 when he would be 35 years old and perhaps close to retirement. The new proposed deal also focuses on making Messi the highest paid player in European football and a guarantee that there would be no further tax problems for him.
Both sides of the negotiation are pretty confident that this one meeting – that’s scheduled to take place after the UEFA Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain – will be enough to seal the deal.