Barcelona president Joan Laporta hopes Lionel Messi will make contract decision ‘as soon as possible’ as he reveals new signing Sergio Aguero is telling his Argentine team-mate to stay at the club ‘every day’
- Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona is set to expire at the end of this month
- The Argentinian superstar has been with the club since the age of 13
- Club president Joan Laporta is in conversations regularly with Messi over a deal
- Laporta has revealed Sergio Aguero is also trying to convince Messi to stay
Barcelona president Joan Laporta is hoping that Lionel Messi will make a decision on his future at the club ‘as soon as possible’ and has revealed Sergio Aguero is helping in their efforts.
Messi’s contract at the club expires this summer and Laporta is regularly in contact with his star man to try and sort out a deal.
It comes a year after Messi expressed his desire to leave the club, before later revealing he would continue at the club for the last year of his deal.
Lionel Messi’s future is still up in the air with just days left on his contract at Barcelona
The club’s new signing Sergio Aguero is trying to convince his close friend Messi to stay
Laporta is confident the six-time Ballon d’Or winner will commit his future to the club and has admitted that new signing Aguero is trying to convince his friend to stay.
The president told La Vanguardia: ‘I would like Messi to tell us ‘yes’ as soon as possible. He would help us in every way.
‘Aguero is helping. He is telling him every day to stay.’
Laporta also went on to say that he talks to Messi ‘every other day’ before adding: ‘He is excited and I am grateful to him for the desire he is showing to stay.’
There is not long left to go on Messi’s contract which is set to expire on June 30.
The Argentinian has been linked with both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain – though no discussions have taken place.
Messi and Aguero are currently away on international duty for the Copa America tournament
Joan Laporta is also talking to Messi most days in his attempts to keep him at the club
Messi is currently away on international duty with Argentina at the Copa America, and is in no rush to make a decision on his future.
Aguero is with Messi on duty for his country, after he was revealed as a new Barcelona signing last month.
Barcelona have also completed the signings of Aguero’s former Manchester City teammate Eric Garcia, Emerson Royal and Memphis Depay.
Laportas hopes to make ‘three or four more signings’ this summer, though has conceded that the financial situation is ‘worse than expected’ after taking the presidential reins for a second time earlier this year.
Aguero is one of four signings Barcelona have made so far ahead of the next season