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Xavi: “I would bet Messi will continue at Barcelona”

Fri 02 July 2021 | 10:33

A former team-mate of the Argentine international believes he will pen fresh terms at Camp Nou.

Xavi

“would bet on”

Lionel Messi

putting pen to paper for a renewal contract at

Barcelona

when the financial problems are ironed out at the club.

The Argentine hit free agency on Wednesday as his contract expired. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is not holding discussions with other clubs, notwithstanding interest from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

However, before thrashing out a new deal, the Blaugrana would have to deal with salary cap concerns.

Xavi, Messi’s former team-mate, told

Mundo Deportivo

 of an unwelcome headache for those in Catalunya:

"These are market circumstances, we have to wait.

"I imagine he is talking to the club and the president.

"I wish Leo the best, as a friend of his and as a cule [a Barcelona fan], I wish him to continue at Barca. Hopefully, it can be announced as soon as possible."

Joan Laporta

, the club president, has assured that the Barcelona talisman will sign a new contract. However, they need to trim hefty wage bills as many departures are being discussed.

Xavi believes Messi will remain put for the 2021-22 season, adding:

"If I had to bet, I would say that he will continue at the club, although many things have been said in football, but I would say that he will continue.

"Leo needs Barca and Barca need Leo. He is happy in Barcelona; he has spent his life there. I would bet on him renewing."


source: SportMob