Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s wife appears to have given the biggest indication yet that her husband will sign a new deal and remain in Catalonia, as she prepares to start a new business in the city.
Spanish publication Sport report that Antonella Roccuzzo is set to join forces with Luis Suarez’s partner, Sofia Baldi, and open a new shoe shop in Barcelona.
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The news of Antonella’s future plans appears to indicate that the Messi household have no intentions of leaving home anytime soon, and has inevitably sparked fresh rumours that Messi himself will finally come to an agreement with the Blaugrana and sign a contract extension.
The Argentine has just a little over a year left on his current deal and would, in theory, be free to discuss a free transfer with foreign clubs at the beginning of next year.
Such an idea has seemed ludicrous considering Messi’s connections with Barcelona, however, failure to agree terms over a new deal in the last few months has created doubts that he may snub his boyhood club and seek a new adventure elsewhere.
Whilst the player himself remains quiet over negotiations, the movements of his wife suggests that there is no thought about a possible move away in the near future and that the Messi family clearly have plans to remain where they are.
Though purely speculative, the news will at least be of some comfort to the Barcelona hierarchy, who saw Messi train alone the day after the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
Reports of a rift with outgoing manager Luis Enrique have suggested that all is not well with Barca’s number 10, however, with the head coach set to depart in two months’ time, it is likely that Messi will seek assurances over the club’s plans for the future before then concentrating on coming to an agreement over a new deal at the end of the season.
Recently Messi kept Barcelona’s title hopes alive with two goals and an assist to see off Real Sociedad 3-2 as Spain’s they edged a five-goal thriller ahead of next weekend’s El Clasico.
Barcelona will need Messi on this form if it is to produce another miracle Champions League fightback against Juventus on Wednesday from a 3-0 first leg defeat suffered in midweek.
The Argentine is now just two short of his 500th Barca goal as he smashed home an effort from 25 yards to open the scoring.
Messi then took his tally to 45 goals in 44 games this season with a far less spectacular finish as he bundled home from close range after Geronimo Rulli had saved from Luis Suarez.