Lionel Messi informs Laporta about staying at Barcelona, demands a strong project

Lionel Messi reportedly informed Barcelona president Joan Laporta about staying at Barcelona, demanded a strong Barcelona team for next season.

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The Argentine has given the nod to continue at his long-time club.

Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi has been subject to transfer speculation as his contract is due to expire this summer.

According to a new report, the Argentine has told president Joan Laporta about his desire to continue with the Catalans but demanded a strong project around him to compete for the titles.

Earlier, it was reported that PSG had offered a lucrative deal to the 33-year-old, which the Catalan club wouldn’t match.

However, there has been an air of positivity since the appointment of Laporta, who openly confessed his love to Messi at his inauguration and also made a plea to continue playing for his boyhood club.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner created a fuss last summer by seeking a transfer from the club, which he later revealed due to the lack of ambition with the project under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Then arrived January in which he could have agreed on a pre-contract to any other club, but he chose not to in the end.

Talking about the performances on the field, Messi had a dip in form at the start of this season but proved his critics wrong by his surreal form since the turn of the year. The Argentine has racked up 34 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season and is also the top scorer of La Liga.

His heroics in the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Club helped Barca pick up their first trophy of the season. Now Messi aims for a league double, although they are currently two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.