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Messi wants a contract similar to Mbappe’s, but PSG unwilling to give in to all demands



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As speculations surrounding the future of Lionel Messi continue to do the rounds, RMC Sport has provided a fresh update on the Argentine superstar’s potential continuity at PSG amid links with FC Barcelona.

Messi’s current contract with PSG stands to expire at the end of the season. While it was believed that he would extend with the French champions for at least one more season, things have taken a turn in recent weeks.

Indeed, there have been reports claiming that the 35-year-old is not certain about wanting to remain in France beyond this season, amid claims that Barcelona are keen to re-sign their former captain for one last dance.

Amidst this, RMC Sport is now claiming that negotiations between Messi and PSG over a new deal are continuing but an agreement is yet to be reached.

The report states that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is seeking terms similar to those of teammate Kylian Mbappe. However, Les Parisiens are not ready to give in to his demands.

Furthermore, it is also being claimed that there are some within the club who are not really convinced about extending Messi’s contract. With Neymar in no hurry to leave, the management is not certain about wanting to continue with the ‘MNM’ trio again next term.

Barcelona, for their part, are making their efforts to try and assess the possibility of bringing back the club legend after parting ways with him in 2021.

At the same time, clubs in the MLS, Inter Miami in particular, are keen on signing the Argentina captain, although his desire is to remain in Europe for one more year.

The 35-year-old has had a difficult relationship with some sections of the PSG fans. Reports are even suggesting that there are plans being made by the club’s ultras to whistle Messi for their elimination from the UEFA Champions League and protest his contract extension.

This, coupled with contract negotiations not progressing smoothly, could lead to a departure in the summer, although it is not a given. Barcelona will continue to keep close tabs on the situation, but any move would be difficult to achieve because of their Financial Fair Play issues.

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