Lionel Messi makes demand to Barcelona over new contract

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With two years remaining on his current deal, talks have reportedly begun between Lionel Messi and Barcelona over a new-and-improved contract.

The club's sporting director, Robert Fernandez, confirmed that much last month and insisted an agreement would be reached this season.

He said, per Sky Sports: "I'm delighted that [Messi's] the No.1 in the world and that he's with us. We will reach an agreement. I'm totally convinced.


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"There's no rush. This season we will reach an agreement."

However, according to Spanish outlet AS, any new deal for Messi might not be so straight forward this time around.

They claim that the Argentine striker will demand a release clause to be included in his new contract, for the simple reason that he wants to end his career at boyhood club Newell's Old Boys, in Argentina.

This is despite Messi recently insisting he will retire at Barcelona.

"I've always said that I can't leave Barcelona," he said. "It's always my response. I want to finish my career at home and my home is Barcelona.

"Football changes so much. A year ago, we were all getting criticised and we ended up winning nearly everything. My intention is to terminate my career where it started, in Barcelona.

"I want to keep succeeding with the club. Now is not the time to think about whether this is my peak. It's more important that we keep trying to win, that we work hard. It's a lot to think about."

If Messi indeed had the intention of playing out the rest of his career at Barcelona, then there would be no need for a release clause.


Nevertheless, Barcelona will just be hoping Messi returns from injury soon following their 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo in La Liga last weekend.

The Catalonians have struggled without their magician and currently find themselves fourth in the table, behind Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Sevilla.

And according to Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza, Messi is just as desperate to return to action.

He told TyC Sports: "Messi is worried about his injury. He wants to play games and it's difficult to be without him.

"He's now in the recovery process, which is good news. I think he'll be at a good level when he returns.

"I still say we should all take care of Messi. Here in Argentina he played only one game in three months."

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