‘Lionel Messi will continue’ – Former Barcelona vice president confident Argentine superstar will snub Man City and PSG to stay with LaLiga giants

Barcelona’s former vice-president Jordi Mestre has declared that Lionel Messi ‘will continue’ at the club as speculation mounts the Argentine superstar will sign a new contract.

Messi has long been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and Man City, having expressed his unhappiness with how Barca were being run last year.

Messi is still playing at the highest level despite being 33

The Argentine forward is a free agent in the summer but Barca are desperate to tie him to a new contract at Camp Nou and reports this week have suggested that he is closing in on a mega new deal.

In an interview with Sin Concesiones, Mestre believes the prolonging of Messi’s stay at the club, where he has spent his entire senior career, will soon become a formality.

“Messi will continue. If he leaves it won’t be for money,” he said.

Despite being 33, Messi has once again been on astonishing form this season, having hit 25 goals and added nine assists in 30 LaLiga matches this term.

Guardiola and Messi won several trophies during their time together at Camp Nou – but it looks like there will be no reconciliation
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He is on course to extend his record of six Ballons d’Or if he continues his brilliant displays – but fans of the Premier League will undoubtedly be disappointed he will most likely never play in England.

Man City have been strongly linked with a blockbuster move for Messi, with his former boss Pep Guardiola in the market for a new talisman following the news that Sergio Aguero will leave after a glittering ten-year spell at the club.

However, the election of Joan Laporta as president and the club’s upturn in form under Ronald Koeman has dramatically increased the chances Messi signing the new deal.