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Despite a turbulent season, Lionel Messi looks set to renew his contract at Barcelona – which expires this summer.
Barcelona are preparing to offer Messi a massive 10-year contract that includes two more years at the club as a player, a move to the MLS as an ambassador, and then a role at the club post-retirement.
Despite formal negotiations not due to start until the summer, Messi's father, Jorge, met with newly-elected president Joan Laporta over dinner last week – according to a report by The Times
Messi is reportedly open to renewing his contract with Barcelona, despite being desperate to leave summer.
Last August, Messi informed both PSG and Manchester City that he wanted to leave Barcelona when his contract expired.
However, he appears to have a change of heart.
Messi's grievances laid with former president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who he accused of lying to him.
In an interview with Goal last summer he said: “I told the president and, well, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not keep his word.”
Bartomeu was replaced by Laporta – who was formerly Barcelona president between 2003 and 2010 – in March.
As part of his presidential campaign, Laporta promised to tie Messi down to a new contract, and sign Erling Haaland.
Laporta met with Alf-Inge Haaland and Mino Raiola to discuss the Norwegians transfer earlier this month, and it's believed that Messi could take a salary cut to enable the deal to go through.
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