Barcelona news

Lionel Messi 'not looking for new deal'

September 18, 2013
By Dermot Corrigan, Spain Correspondent

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says Lionel Messi has not asked for a new contract to match the huge deal Real Madrid have just agreed with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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AS have claimed that Messi, whose €12.5 million-a-year contract was signed just last February, is looking for a further pay rise in the wake of Ronaldo now earning a reported €20 million per annum.

But when asked by reporters if the Argentina international had requested new contract talks, the Blaugrana chief laughed off the question.

“Messi has not said anything,” Rosell told AS. “We will warn you if it happens. Messi is happy with us, and is at the best club in the world. No news, good news.”

Messi’s current deal at the Camp Nou runs until June 2018, and contains a €250 million buyout clause.

However, the start of new negotiations with his camp would not be a huge surprise, given the forward has received six improved deals over the last eight seasons from the Catalan club.

Messi and his father may also be taking another look at their financial position after their recent tax issues led to the pair making significant payments to the Spanish authorities ahead of a court hearing now scheduled for September 27 in Gava, near Barcelona. 

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