Lionel Messi has handed a list of demands to Barcelona’s president Joan Laporta as the Argentine looks to make a final decision on his future.
Barcelona’s talisman seemed set to leave the club when his contract runs out in the summer, after last year’s public fall-out with the Spanish side he has starred for since 2004.
But according to Eurosport, Messi is willing to consider signing a new contract at the Nou Camp and has presented his demands to new club Joan Laporta.
The 33-year-old’s priority is strong business in the summer transfer window, with at least one marquee signing to ensure Barcelona make a statement of intent.
Messi’s international team-mate and friend Sergio Aguero has been considered by Laporta, but it is believed that the president is now focusing on bringing Erling Haaland to the Nou Camp in the summer.
Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola and father Alfie met with Laporta on Thursday in Barcelona in a two-hour meeting, but the Spanish side face competition from all of Europe’s elite to secure the signature of the striker, who Borussia Dortmund have valued at £154m.
However, it is not just big signings that Messi has called for in his contract demands. Barcelona’s star man is keen for the club to build around the young players coming through, and does not want their potential hampered by bringing in a host of new names.
The likes of Ansu Fati, Ilaix Moriba, and Pedri have all impressed when given the opportunity by Ronald Koeman, and Messi is keen to continue mentoring them and aiding their development.
Laporta and Messi enjoy a strong relationship, with the Spaniard also president at the club between 2003 and 2010, overseeing a period during which Barcelona won four La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
One of the key element’s of Laporta’s election campaign this time around was getting Messi to sign a new contract, and the player is keen that he has a direct line to the president and is kept informed of future plans should he remain at the club.
This desire for a constant line of communication also extends to Ronald Koeman, with Messi frustrated at the way previous managers were unapproachable and the tension this caused.
He wants this good relationship with his manager to be maintained, as well as more regular dialogue with Barcelona’s technical secretary Roman Planes, who Messi hopes listens to his opinion and the views of other senior members of the dressing room.
The Argentine has already scored 31 goals this season, netting 12 times and assisting a further six in his last ten matches in all competitions.
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