A former team-mate of the Argentine international believes he will pen fresh terms at Camp Nou.
“would bet on”
putting pen to paper for a renewal contract atBarcelona
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, toldMundo 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."
, 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."
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