Lionel Messi will almost certainly stay at Barcelona, according to the club’s former scout Andre Cury.
Messi’s future at Camp Nou is shrouded in doubt as his contract expires this summer.
The 33-year-old had been widely expected to depart after falling out with the Barca hierarchy last year.
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Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City lead the race to sign the Argentine on a Bosman transfer.
However, the return of former club president Joan Laporta as club supremo has given some fans hope that Messi will be convinced to stay on. Laporta and Messi enjoy a close personal relationship.
And Barca’s former scout Cury – who was responsible for signing Neymar – now says that he is confident that Messi will pen an extenstion.
“I am almost certain that Leo is going to stay at Barcelona,” Cury told Radio Continental.
“He is going to be happy there again and there will be a new team that will play well, and in one or two years he will be number one in the world again.”
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“Leo’s home is Barcelona and Argentina. Leo loves Argentina; he plays with all his strength in the national team, and at Barcelona as well.
“What bothered him is that he wanted a competitive team. And the truth is that the club told him they were going to do it; that they were going to do one thing and they did another. Leo was left out of it.
“I know Messi’s history at Barcelona. He had a very good relationship with [Joan] Laporta and now he’s back. There are a lot of positive things [happening at the club].”
Messi and Barcelona are next in action on Easter Monday when they take on Real Valladolid in La Liga.