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How can Barcelona convince Lionel Messi to stay?

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The forward’s contract expires in the summer

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Lionel Messi’s time at Barcelona almost ended this summer. The conflict that was bubbling at the surface between Messi and former president Josep Maria Bartomeu finally culminated in the Argentine requesting a transfer out of Barcelona.

That transfer request resulted in days of guessing about what would happen, and it ended up with Messi giving in because he didn’t want to end up in court. Barca wasn’t willing to play ball and Messi’s contract ends next summer.

So what will it take for Messi to become convinced this season to make Barcelona his home past this year? According to a report from Marca, it depends heavily on both his and the team’s for under Koeman as well as the identity of the new president and their position on transfer policy and managerial duties.

Messi’s relationship with Ronald Koeman hasn’t been broken yet, so as long as the new president seems willing to adjust the budget and allow for flexibility, we might have Messi at Barcelona past this season.