Barcelona Sporting Director Confirms Superstar In Talks Over Contract: No-Brainer For The Catalans?

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 06: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates with Neymar and Luis Suarez after scoring his team's 3rd goal from the penalty spot during of the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal CF at Camp Nou stadium on May 6, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with Mundo Deportivo (translated by goal.com), Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has confirmed that Lionel Messi has held talks over a new contract. Abidal revealed that the Argentine winger is in discussions with the club to extend his current deal at the Nou Camp. When asked about the subject, the Barca chief told Mundo Deportivo, “They are already talking.

“I do not know if we will have news soon because the decision will depend on the player, but for us as a club I hope it is sorted as soon as possible.”

When questioned about an expected agreement date, Abidal replied, “It will be known when it is known, but I am positive.” 

This latest revelation will please anyone associated with the Catalan club as Messi is still proving to be an irreplaceable member of Ernesto Valdere’s first-team. The South American magician has shown no signs of rust in recent seasons and is still going strong at the age of 32. He has scored nine goals and created five assists in 11 appearances for Barca this term across all competitions.

Is It A No-Brainer For Barca To Offer Messi A New Deal?

Messi’s contributions have been immense in helping the Catalans climb to the top of the La Liga standings this season. He has been a great servant to the Spanish giants and has gone on to become their most prominent face in the modern era of football. 

The Argentina international is a generational talent, unlike any we have ever seen before. However, father time catches up with everyone, so it is a concern that there might be a drop in quality from his game over the next few years. Even then, it is a no-brainer that Barca are offering him a new contract.

What Could The Future Hold For Messi At Catalonia?

Messi is a natural leader who is still carrying most of the goal-scoring workload for his team. Therefore, the Barcelona fans would hope that he can continue to flourish and break records at the Nou Camp. The Argentina skipper is still one of the most dangerous dribblers in Europe and has the ability to turn any given match on his head. As long as he can stay fit and healthy, it is quite likely that he will continue to score and create a lot of goals in the Spanish top-flight.

After last season’s disappointment in the UEFA Champions League, Messi would now focus on getting the wrongs right and leading his boyhood club to another European triumph. However, that won’t happen until Valverde can find the correct formula to get the best out of his squad. 

The Spanish champions have flattered to deceive with most of their performances this season. The signing of Antoine Griezmann has been underwhelming while Luis Suarez is in the last legs of his playing career. Therefore, Messi could use some more help if he is to win more trophies with Barca in the coming years.

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