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Laporta calls for calm over Messi contract extension

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The captain’s current deal is about to expire

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Lionel Messi’s contract at Barcelona expires at midnight tonight but president Joan Laporta is remaining calm about the whole situation.

The president was met by various reporters at the club on Wednesday and, according to Mundo Deportivo, had a couple of words for those awaiting news on Messi’s future. “Be calm,” was the simple message from the president.

It seems almost certain that Messi will extend his stay at Barcelona with speculation suggesting he will sign on for another two years and then head to the MLS for a spell with Inter Miami.

Catalunya Radio report that negotiations are “well advanced” but is not completely confirmed yet and the “complexity of the contract is delaying everything.”

Yet the lack of an announcement is bound to generate headlines with the Barcelona captain set to become a free agent in under 12 hours unless an extension is finally announced before midnight.

Messi is currently away with the Argentina team at the Copa America and turned on the style last time out against Bolivia with two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win for La Albiceleste in Brazil.

The win means Argentina now face a quarter-final against Ecuador on Saturday night, and another victory would set up a sem-final tie against between either Colombia or Uruguay.