Lionel Messi set to sign two-year deal to remain at Barcelona

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Lionel Messi’s contract is up at the end of the month. However, according to AS, the 33-year-old is close to agreeing a two-year deal to remain at Barcelona. Messi was close to leaving the Nou Camp in 2020, but Barcelona need Messi – both on the pitch and in marketing terms.

The smart money is now on him finishing his career at the club. It will come as a blow to Manchester City, who were one of only two clubs tipped to be able to stump up enough cash.

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It’s been another sensational season for Messi, which saw him score 30 league goals in 35 appearances. President Joan Laporta had no choice but to make sure he stayed. Although it was a successful season on a personal level, Messi won’t be happy about failing to win La Liga or the Champions League. The onus is now on the club’s hierarchy to help Ronald Koeman build a squad capable of challenging for the major trophies

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