News ID: 92265
Publish Date : 10 July 2021 - 21:52

MADRID (Xinhua) - FC Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman said that he was confident that Leo Messi would sign a new contract with the club.
The Argentinean is technically no longer a Barcelona player after his last contract expired at the end of June and so far, he has not put pen to paper on a new deal and is free to accept offers from elsewhere.
Barca president, Joan Laporta is continuing to negotiate with the player and his representatives, but the club also has to ensure Messi’s wages don’t breach the salary cap imposed by them by La Liga and reaching a compromise with the player has so far proved difficult.
When asked about Messi’s future at a charity golf tournament the ‘Koeman Cup’ he is hosting, the coach insisted that he remained optimistic the Argentinean would be a Barca player for next season.
“It’s right to be worried when things are not all going well, but I have confidence in the president to solve this question,” commented Koeman.
“It is important for the club and for La Liga that the best player in the world stays here and everyone here has to make an effort.”

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