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Barca rocked as Messi rejects new contract
    2017-May-9  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

LIONEL MESSI, Barcelona’s all-time record goalscorer, has rejected the offer of a new contract, throwing his future at the Nou Camp into significant doubt, reports said Sunday.

Negotiations are however ongoing between the Messi camp and Barcelona, whose president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been reassured that a deal will be agreed but only on the right terms.

Messi, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, is in no rush to put pen to paper — despite the looming expiration of his contract — and they are preparing to hold out for the best possible deal, which they expect to be forthcoming.

Messi is seeking wages approaching what Neymar and Luis Suarez were awarded with when they signed new deals during the twilight of 2016. While the Uruguay international Suarez now earns a reported 230,000 pounds (US$296,000) a week at Barcelona, Neymar saw his pay packet increase to 425,000 pounds a week with his release clause rising to 200 million euros (US$218 million).

Technical secretary Robert Fernandez last month spoke of his optimism that both Messi and Andres Iniesta would agree new deals. However, during the early stages of negotiations chief executive Oscar Grau did throw the renewal of Messi’s contract into doubt when he suggested that the club had to operate with “common sense” and make “the numbers add up.”

Premier League side Manchester City, managed by former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, has been continually linked with luring Messi to the club. Chelsea and Paris-Saint Germain — two of the only clubs with the financial power and ambition to acquire Messi — may also be encouraged by the latest development regarding his future, yet an extension in Catalunia appears the most likely option.

Though the 29-year-old is approaching the tender years of his career his form has failed to subside. The former Newell Old Boys youngster has netted 49 times in all competitions during the 2016/17 campaign, including his 500th for Barca in the El Clasico win over Real Madrid at the Nou Camp. (SD-Agencies)

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