Barcelona president Joan Laporta repeated on Tuesday that negotiations with Lionel Messi “are going polite”, less than a month before the Argentine star’s club contract expires. “We are in talks with Leo’s representatives,” Laporta said at the official presentation of centre-back Eric Garcia, who has joined from Manchester City, as a Barcelona player.
“I said it the other day, it’s going polite and we are hoping they continue to make progress.”
“We need to agree a new contract with Leo. It’s going polite, but it isn’t done.”
Messi’s contract with Barcelona expires on June 30.
Laporta said signing Messi to a new contract did not depend on the outcome of an audit the club is carrying out to find out the exact state of its finances.
“We roughly have already got the results for this year under keep an eye on. This audit, when we finish it in July, will give us more data, but for this deal in specific, we had already made a provision, we had prepared a strategy,” Laporta said.
“I have all the time said that the Leo issue isn’t a money issue for his part,” said Laporta.
“He’s showing numerous understanding, and it’s not a question of money, he wants to continue with this process and wants to have a competitive team with which to win Champions League and league titles.”
“Not one of the signings we are making are being made in the case of these negotiations. We realize that Leo wants to stay, but he has other offers.”
Laporta drew a parallel with Garcia, saying the player, a free agent, had other offers but chose Barcelona.
“Leo is in a similar situation with his desire to play for Barca. I am hoping that may also be decisive.”
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