Barcelona, Spain, June 2 – Barcelona president Joan Laporta reiterated on Tuesday that negotiations with Lionel Messi “are going well”, less than a month before the Argentine star’s club contract expires.
“We are in talks with representatives of Leo,” Laporta said during the official presentation of center-back Eric Garcia, who has joined Manchester City, as a Barcelona player.
“I said the other day, it’s going well and we hope they keep improving.
“We want to make a new contract with Leo. It’s going well, but it’s not done.
Messi’s contract with Barcelona expires on June 30.
Laporta has said signing a new contract with Messi does not depend on the outcome of an audit the club is carrying out to find out the exact state of its finances.
“We have more or less already the results of this year under control. This audit, when we finish it in July, will give us more data, but for this particular agreement, we had already made a provision, we had prepared a strategy, ”said Laporta.
“I have always said that the Leo issue is not about the money for his part,” said Laporta.
“He’s showing a lot of understanding, and it’s not about the money, he wants to continue this process and wants to have a competitive squad with which to win the Champions League and league titles.”
“None of the signatures we are making are pending in these negotiations. We know 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 hope it will be decisive as well.