The Camp Nou chief is still confident he will sign the six-time Ballon d’Or winner in time for the start of the new season
Joan Laporta has offered an update on Lionel Messi’s contract, while claiming Barcelona are happy with Antoine Griezmann amid ongoing rumors.
Messi became a free agent when his contract with Camp Nou expired on June 30, but Purpose has since reported the 32-year-old has a agreement with Barca on a new five-year contract.
An official announcement is expected soon, and Laporta has now confirmed that “everything is on track” so that the Argentine can be registered with the club again for the start of the 2021-222 season.
What was said?
“We are trying to keep Messi. “He wants to stay at Barca and we have to make sure that happens,” Laporta told Barca. official media channel during the presentation of the summer signing Emerson Royal on Monday.
“We all want Messi in La Liga because he is a world – class player, the best in the world, and he clearly helps to promote the league. I know Leo wants to stay and sincerely appreciate it. Everything is very much on the right track. ”
How is the situation with Griezmann?
Purpose understands that Griezmann is one of the first stars in the first team currently on sale as Barca continue to reduce their salary bill, and it has been reported that Atletico Madrid are interested in bringing him back to Wanda Metropolitano in a possible swap deal involving Saul Niguez.
However, Laporta has indicated that an international player will abide by the terms of his contract with the Blaugrana, which runs until 2024.
“Everyone is happy with Griezmann. He is a true professional. He has a contract with Barca and we must respect that,” the Camp Nou chief said.
Laporta op Moriba
Laporta was much less positive when asked comments on Ilaix Moriba’s contract with the club, while the 18-year-old was banned from the senior and B teams before the season for refusing to compromise on his salary expectations in renewal talks.
“If Ilaix does not want to renew his contract, he has other options,” he said of the teenage midfielder. “We do not want players who grew up here and do not want to renew their contracts.
“We are sorry, but the club is facing anything else and we can not let that happen. I want them to think again because we want to reach an agreement.”