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Minguella says ‘90% chance’ of Lionel Messi staying at Barcelona

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The captain’s future remains a huge talking point

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Josep Maria Minguella, the agent who helped Lionel Messi join Barcelona, reckons there’s a strong chance the Argentina international will stay at the Camp Nou.

The Barcelona captain has made it pretty clear he wants to leave, but Barcelona do not want to sell their star player.

The two sides are also in disagreement over a clause in Messi’s contract. The forward believes it means he can leave for free, Barcelona think it expired in June.

Minguella has offered his view on the situation and explained why he thinks Messi is likely to stay.

“I understand that the contract remains totally in effect, that there hasn’t been any change in the dates.

“With the passing of time, there is contact between the two legal teams. Right now, Messi’s legal team don’t see the situation clearly.

“The interpretation of the clause stops any institution coming in to buy a player saying he is free. One day, there is the legal threat that they have to pay anything from one euro to 700million.

“There is a 90 per cent chance that Messi will continue at Barca.”

Source | Sport

There will be plenty of focus on the Barcelona training ground tomorrow. The first team are due back for PCR testing ahead of starting pre-season, and there are conflicting reports flying about as to whether Messi will attend.