Barcelona President Supremely Confident That Messi Will Stay

Joan Laporta believes Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona beyond last season.

The club president insists that he will be able to close the deal on Messi’s extension.

“Me,” Laporta quipped. “I am here and I think Leo likes that. Now he has a president that really wants him to stay. I tell him that and I show him that.

“To all the fans, I would tell them things are going well. It’s not done yet. We need to continue so that the renewal can be signed. It’s not that Leo is asking me for love or support, it’s what we know, that he wants to play for a few more years — and he wants to win.

“Players want to go to training and enjoy it, enjoy their relationship with the coach… That’s what all players want. Leo especially is a player with a big personality who I love very much and he’s making a big effort to understand our situation and that we are building a competitive environment around him.”

Messi is about to enter the final month of his contract with Barca and an agreement has yet to be reached.

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