Messi Rejects Barca’s New Contract Extension, Says €30 Is Too Small For Him - 4 years ago

Lionel Messi has turned down Barcelona’s offer of a new contract worth 30m a year. The Argentine superstar’s contract at the Nou Camp expires in June 2018 and discussions over a new deal have been ongoing for months. Talks between Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, and the club president Josep Maria Bartomeu have yet to yield an agreement for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future. But despite the initial contract rejection, AS report that a deal is still likely to be struck over the coming weeks. Negotiations are very much still ongoing and there is an expectation that the two parties will find common ground eventually to seal a new deal. Messi expects to receive an improved offer from Barcelona and is prepared to hold out – especially given the recent contracts given to team-mates Luis Suarez and Neymar The Argentine, who has four goals in his last three matches, is therefore happy to wait before tying his future down at the Catalan club. Only few days ago FIFA lifted four match ban on the 29 year old striker making it possible for him to be available for Argentina’s next world cup qualifier against Uruguay on August 31.

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