How Lionel Messi's camp have reacted to claim he won't sign Barcelona contract

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It turns out that Lionel Messi could be in line to sign a new contract at Barcelona after all, following reports on Monday morning claiming that he would see out the remainder of his current deal before moving on.

Reports in the Madrid-based publication Marca had led with the story, whipping up a frenzy in regards to the player's future and what it could mean for Barcelona.

However, reports in both the Daily Mirror and Barcelona-based Sport have hit back with their own reports stating that Messi's camp have hit back at the claims, insisting that talks are still ongoing to tie the 29-year-old down to a new deal.

Marca had said that one of the main reasons behind Messi's reluctance to pen a new deal was because of his court case regarding tax fraud and stated that though he had every intention of seeing out his current deal until 2018, there would be no guarantees after that.

But Messi's people have apparently told the media that the Argentine is in no rush to pen a new deal with negotiations still progressing at a reasonable rate, with everything likely to be concluded by early 2017.

Sport are also suggesting that Barca believe that Marca invented the story as a retaliation for Messi rejected an invitation to attend Marca's gala event at the end of October.

The Sport report says: 'Barcelona rejected the invitation because, among other reasons, the award for fair sports play was being given to Javier Thebes – an award that came just days after he criticised the attitude of the players (Messi among them) in the celebration of the victory at the Mestalla when they were hit with a bottle of water.'

Richer than Ronaldo

With the likes of Neymar, Sergio Busquets and Javier Mascherano all receiving new and improved contracts in recent months, securing Messi's future appears to be the next logical step.

But given the fee he is likely to command, it is understandable that this one would take longer than any other player.

The Mirror are also claiming that like Ronaldo at Real Madrid, his was the last in a line of deals to be concluded.

But furthermore, Messi's new deal is set to eclipse his great rival's deal, coming in at over £45million per year.

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