Barcelona feeling pressure to sort their Star player Lionel Messi new Contract deal, says Spanish Football Expert & Columnist Guillem Balague
Lionel Messi is under contract with Barcelona until 2018
Barcelona are yet to offer Argentine Forward Lionel Messi a new contract, but are being pressured into acting soon, according to Guillem Balague.
Lionel Messi’s current contract deal with Barcelona expires in summer 2018, and he has seen both Luis Suarez and Neymar Jr recently sign Contract extensions until 2021.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said recently in interview that the club will do “whatever it takes” to keep hold of Messi in Barca”.
But Sky Sports Spanish football expert Balague says there is “no calendar for negotiations yet”.
“There has still been no start to the negotiations from Barcelona. They have not put an offer on the table,” said Balague.
“The executives of Barcelona are informing that an offer will touch base toward the finish of the month. Notwithstanding, nothing has arrived yet, not even that data has been straightforwardly given to Messi’s delegates or to the player himself.
“Barcelona are stating the reality they will put the offer to him toward the finish of the month has nothing to do with the weight from all over the place, asking why it has not been done as of now when in 12 months he can arrange his agreement with anyone on the planet.
“In any case, the weight put on them by daily papers, media and fans must them and now they are acting.”
Messi has shown up for Barcelona after his introduction in 2004.
And Balague says it is unlikely there will be a problem with his renewal, even though the club have put themselves under more pressure than was perhaps necessary.
“The only way for Messi to leave Barcelona is if he gets really upset with the club’s behaviour, in terms of what kind of offer it is,” he said. “If they show respect for him, the respect we all know he deserves, then in my personal opinion there won’t be a problem.
“They find themselves in a position where the pressure has been so high that they now have to act accordingly with a timing they did not expect.
“Also, the delay and Oscar Grau’s comments could have been interpreted that they didn’t have the money for it. They actually do have the money for it after new contracts with Rakuten and Nike.