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Lionel Messi takes an early stance on his future at Barcelona

The future at Lionel Mesi has been the most talked about topic since last summer and Barcelona want to sort it out for good.

Joan Laporta has now assumed his role as the Barcelona president. The newest chief has a massive task on his hands and is determined to restore the club’s financial and sporting statuses, both of which have taken a massive hit over the last year. However, his most important and perhaps difficult task remains in the shape of Lionel Messi and his contract.

The Argentine’s contract at the Camp Nou expires at the end of this season, but a potential extension is still on the cards. Messi has publicly revealed his happiness at the ongoing matters with Barcelona but has remained coy on his future. With that said, he will now listen to an offer from the side, according to Todo Fichajes.

Messi has now played the ball in Laporta’s court and he has made two demands. The first of those is recurring in the sense that the 33-year-old demands a winning project. Messi’s second ask may be difficult to meet, but certainly not possible. While he is willing to accept a pay cut, the club’s greatest player wants to be among the world’s top five best paid.

Laporta is hoping to retain Messi for at least one season, primarily as a measure to continue on a high sporting standard, as the club will be unable to invest significant money this summer. The 58-year-old openly talked about his intentions of wanting to keep Messi from leaving during his swearing-in ceremony in March this year.

With Manchester City supposedly pulling out of a move for Barca’s all-time top scorer, the Blaugrana now face only one competitor in Paris Saint-Germain. From a financial standpoint, PSG will easily be able to outbid the Catalans and even tranquilly so if Kylian Mbappe is sold to Real Madrid during the summer at the back of the Frenchman’s soon-to-end contract.

Lionel Messi is yet to open up over whether he will be willing to take a pay cut and if that is indeed the case, he should put pen on paper to a new deal at the club. With youngsters like the older times emerging from the side’s ranks and Ronald Koeman finally managing to kick Barcelona into gear, the club seems to be in rejuvenation.