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Messi 'informs Barcelona of future plan' as he makes demand to Laporta

Author: [email protected] (Samuel Meade)
This post originally appeared on Mirror – Football

Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he will remain at the club beyond this season, according to reports in Spain.

The Argentine made moves to leave last summer as he signalled his intent to quit the Nou Camp.

He ended up staying put but with his contract expiring at the end of the season Messi’s future remained up in the air with Manchester City and PSG both touted as possible destinations.

Messi’s father, Jorge, who also acts as his agent, has flown in to Spain to discuss his son’s future with club president Joan Laporta.

They have signalled to Barcelona that the six-time Ballon d’Or intends to remain at the club, reports Spanish broadcaster TVE .

Lionel Messi is ready to commit his future to Barcelona
Lionel Messi is ready to commit his future to Barcelona

Messi has made it clear to Laporta though that investment needs to be made into the team as he targets more honours.

Barcelona ended last season without a trophy as they went through two managers before appointing Ronald Koeman in the summer.

The Dutchman has introduced several young stars into the first team picture which has led to increased optimism at the Nou Camp.

Koeman won his first trophy at the helm as Barcelona lifted the Copa del Rey earlier this month and Laporta’s return as president was always going to boost Messi’s desire to stay.

Joan Laporta signalled his desire to keep the Argentine when he was elected as president
Joan Laporta signalled his desire to keep the Argentine when he was elected as president

The 33-year-old, who has spent his entire career in Catalunya, wants more quality to arrive this summer though and Erling Haaland has been linked with a Nou Camp move.

The Norwegian’s representatives headed to Spain recently to discuss a possible move with Barcelona and their rivals Real Madrid.

Borussia Dortmund could miss out on the Champions League which may force their hand in the transfer market.

The Catalans are struggling financially however which may hamper any ambitions they have to bring in new faces this summer.

Barca president-elect Joan Laporta ‘in race against time’ to get €125 MILLION in funds needed to secure position before deadline

Barcelona president-elect Joan Laporta was said to be facing a race against time to raise the necessary funds to complete his bid for the club’s top job, or face a second election.

The 58-year-old Laporta was elected to the Barcelona presidency for the second time earlier this month. Laporta previously held the position between 2003 and 2010 – a spell which arguably coincided with the Catalan giants’ best spell of football under first Frank Rijkaard and then Pep Guardiola. 
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However, Laporta faced an anxious scramble to see if his election will be realized after it emerged that he was significantly short when it comes to required funds in order to take the position.

Per the terms of his election, he must present a bank guarantee worth 15 percent of Barcelona’s budget within 10 days of his election – which means Wednesday of this week.

The sum he needs to raise is understood to be €125 million ($ 149 million).

The bank guarantee must also be ratified by La Liga to receive official approval. Barcelona have found themselves in an unenviable financial position due to the mismanagement of former presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, with their current debt estimated to be in advance of €1 billion.

Laporta’s candidacy for the presidency was bolstered by the support of club talisman Lionel Messi and he defeated rivals Victor Font and Toni Freixa in the election. He campaigned, in part at least, by saying that he would do all in his power to retain Messi’s services at the club amid rumors that the Argentine may again campaign to leave upon the expiration of his contract this summer.

It is thought, or hoped at the very least, that Laporta’s stewardship of the famous club might held re-establish Barcelona’s status as Europe’s most successful club. During his first term in charge, the team won practically every trophy available to them – including three Champions Leagues.
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Laporta had also been speculated as considering the appointment of club legend Xavi into the Camp Nou dugout to replace current boss (and fellow former player) Ronald Koeman. Xavi was club captain for much of the glory days in Laporta’s first reign. 

If Laporta doesn’t raise the required funds, an interim president would be appointed who will oversee a brand new election – and the entire process begin all over again. 

As the deadline ticked down, reports in Spain claimed that Laporta had managed to secure funds through Banco de Sabadell and Audax, although La Liga will still need to validate his approval as president. 

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