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Lionel Messi likely to extend contract with Barcelona but with a demand

 

Argentina’s star footballer Lionel Messi, who recently married long-time partner Antonella Roccuzzo, will sign a new contract with Barcelona when he returns from his honeymoon in the middle of this month.

According to Goal.com, Messi was set to return to the Catalan capital with his family at the weekend, but will now not be back until around July 12.

However, after the wedding, the couple changed their plans and is now in the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda for their honeymoon with sons Thiago and Mateo.

It is possible that Barcelona’s players are expected at the training ground in Sant Joan Despi for medical examinations on June 12 ahead of club’s pre-season preparations and Messi will be back by that.

The Argentine will be out of a contract in 2018, however, a new deal is all but finalised after months of negotiations between the player, his father Jorge and the club.

The fresh agreement will take the five-time Ballon d’Or winner until 2021 with the option of one further season.

The 30-year-old, who made his debut for Barca in 2004, has won 30 trophies with the Catalan club, scoring more than 500 goals. This new contract could see him retire at CampNou.

Meanwhile , according to other reports, Messi has put forward a demand to extend contract too,

If reports by Daily Post are to believed , the superstar Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sell four players, before he puts pen to paper on a new contract with the La Liga club.

According to the  Spanish publication, Don Balon, the Argentina captain wants Munir El Haddadi, Thomas Vermaelen, Arda Turan and Andre Gomes to leave the Nou Camp.

Messi, who got married last weekend, is demanding for improvement at Barca, after they lost their league title to rivals Real Madrid last season and crashed out of the Champions League against Juventus.

Although he is willing to sign the new deal before going away with his wife for a break, he has told the club’s officials to freshen up the squad.

Messi’s current contract expires at the end of next season.

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