For the first time since he became a free player, Laporta comments on Messi’s future
For the first time since the end of Argentine star Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona, Thursday, Spanish club president Joan Laporta spoke about the “thorny file”. Laporta confirmed to national television, Friday, that negotiations to extend the contract of captain Messi are “progressing as expected”, at a time when the Argentine international’s contract with the Catalan club expired. “We want him to stay. Leo wants to stay and we are looking for the best formula,” said Laporta, who does not hide that he would have liked to end this case before the end of the “Flea” contract. “We would like an agreement to be reached as quickly as possible, but we know it will take time,” he added. Messi has been free since Thursday, after his contract with Barcelona expired, but the club hopes to extend it. The Barcelona captain is currently participating with his country, Argentina, in the “Copa America”, where he will meet Ecuador on Saturday evening in the quarter-finals.