Joan Laporta believes Messi could stay beyond the end of this season.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has entered the final six months of his contract with Barcelona and is destined to leave Camp Nou by the end of this season.
Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are likely destinations for the 33-year old forward.
Messi’s €555 contract was released by Spanish outlet El Mundo and Laporta had a chat with Messi after the news of his contract broke out.
“Yesterday I sent him a message and encouraged him, I told him that he does not have to pay attention to this news,” Laporta told RAC1.
“We all want him to stay here and I will do my best to keep it going. I have indications that he is fine in Barcelona, that he wants to stay here, but what he needs is a project from a team that continues to be competitive and wins the Champions League.”
“Messi generates more income than the money he costs,” he added.
“In our candidacy there is a study that shows that Messi generates a third of Barça’s income. Messi has not ruined the club, but a board of directors that has lost financial discipline since 2015 and lost its sense since it sold Neymar in 2017,” he added.