Lionel Messi to sign new contract with Barcelona later this month

Lionel Messi is now into the final 12 months of his existing deal, leading to fears that he could depart for a club of his choice as a free agent next summer.

Talks with the Argentine genius over extending his terms have been ongoing since the turn of the year, but technical secretary Robert Fernandez recently insisted that the delay in reaching an agreement is nothing to fear. reports that the finishing touches to a new contract will be made once Messi returns from his honeymoon in around a week’s time, likely keeping him at Camp Nou until 2021 when he will be aged 33.

Messi, rumoured to be on former boss Pep Guardiola’s wishlist at Manchester City, is to become Barca’s highest earner on £19m a year after tax.

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