Barcelona must be scared. After selling Neymar in a world record deal to Paris Saint-Germain, combined with their Spanish Super Cup loss to arch-rival Real Madrid where they were outclassed, outplayed and defeated 5-2 aggregate scoreline over two legs.
Making matter worst, Luis Suarez picked up a knee injury and will be out for a month, Lionel Messi contract situation must be scary as the Argentine will be the last player the Blaugrana want to lose at this moment.
Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre has played down any fears reassuring that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will sign a new contract soon. A deal that will keep Messi till 2021 was already agreed between both parties last month with the club saying that the contract will be signed in the near future.
Speaking during the unveiling of new signing Paulinho, Mestre said: “It’s already discussed and agreed.
“Everything seems correct ahead of the signing. We are just waiting to fix a date for the signature.”
Asked whether he could offer a “200 percent assurance” that Messi will sign, Mestre said: “Leo’s renewal is heading in the right direction. I would be very surprised if it didn’t happen.”