Why Messi is yet to sign new contract – Barcelona president, Laporta explains

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta says Lionel Messi wants to stay at the club but financial regulations are preventing them from announcing a new contract.

The Argentine’s deal expires at the end of June, but Laporta says the 33-year-old has been convinced to remain at Barca.

“Leo Messi’s boots will continue on the Camp Nou pitch. He wants to stay.

“I do not contemplate a no. It isn’t easy. We’ll do what we can,” Laporta said.

“In economic terms, he has made it very easy, but financial fair play is another battleground.

“We have to follow the rules, we will follow them. There will be more sales and loans. Without paying a transfer fee. We will do a lot of loans, because we have a very high sports payroll compared to other clubs,” he added.

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