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Messi's conditions for staying at Barcelona laid out as contract nears end


Lionel Messi will need to believe Barcelona can compete for trophies before he extends his contract, claims Gaizka Mendieta.

The forward’s Nou Camp deal expires at the end of the season and he is yet to decide on his next move.

Messi attempted to leave Barcelona last term before staying put but his future remains in the balance.

Manchester City and PSG are two of the clubs linked with the 33-year-old’s signature.

Mendieta maintains playing in a team capable of winning the top honours will be key, but the conditions of the contract will play a part as will the desires of his family.



Lionel Messi is yet to decide on his next move
Lionel Messi is yet to decide on his next move

“Having been a player myself, I can tell you what we want. We want to be competitive and win trophies. I think that’s what Messi wants,” he told Goal.

“Of course, the contract side and family circumstances are important. But just on the player, I think he wants to win trophies. If he sees Barca can win and compete for trophies, then he will certainly stay at Barcelona.

“If he doesn’t see that happening, he will look somewhere else.

“I am hoping, like a lot of Barca and football fans in Spain, Messi will stay in Barca. I am sure other people would like to see him tested somewhere else in another league or club.



Barcelona remain in the La Liga title race
Barcelona remain in the La Liga title race

“But I am a romantic, especially in this day and age with players changing club so often, that he would have his whole career at that level in the same club.

“I think it would be amazing for him and Barca.”

Barcelona could still win La Liga and the Copa del Rey this term, but were dumped out of the Champions League.

The club are in the midst of a transitional phase as a host of young players begin to establish themselves in the first team.





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