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Lionel Messi's Future Looks To Have Been Decided With Barcelona Deal

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Lionel Messi's Future Looks To Have Been Decided With Barcelona Deal

The year long saga of Lionel Messi's future looks to finally be over, with reports that he is set to sign a new two year contract at Barcelona.

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Messi caused shockwaves around the football world after Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League in embarrassing fashion last summer, losing 8-2 to Bayern Munich.

In the aftermath of the game, the 33-year-old revealed he'd had enough and wanted to force a move away from the club, with Manchester City expected to be his destination.

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When he was blocked from leaving for free, Messi eventually decided to stay at the Nou Camp for the season but with only a year left of his deal was still expected to leave this summer.

There has been a softening of that stance in recent months and now it seems to have been a total u-turn from the club captain.

According to ESPN broadcaster Christian Martin the player is set to sign a new two year deal to stay, and will be joined by Sergio Aguero.

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Like Messi, Aguero's contract at Manchester City is set to expire at the end of this season and the Argentina forward had already decided his future, to leave the Etihad Stadium.

The club's all time top scorer has been affected by injuries, Covid-19 and a loss of form this season, with Pep Guardiola's side finding a way to win without their most effective goal scorer.

Aguero has been linked with a move within the Premier League, with Chelsea, Leeds United and a shock move to rivals Manchester United all rumoured to be interested.

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Last week it was reported by El Chiringuito that the player's agent was in Spain to negotiate the move back to La Liga.

Aguero won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid. Image: PA Images
Aguero won the Europa League with Atletico Madrid. Image: PA Images

Aguero looks set to end his time in England by winning his fifth Premier League title in 10 years at the club, with Pep Guardiola's side still attempting to win a treble with the Carabao Cup and Champions League.

Messi ended a rare two seasons without silverware by helping his side win the Copa del Rey last weekend, scoring a sensational goal in the final against Athletic Bilbao.

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After a poor start to the season, Ronald Koeman's side are still in the race in La Liga. The Catalan giants are five points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, with a game in hand, and the two sides face each other on May 8th.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Manchester City, Sergio Aguero, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Premier League, Transfer gossip, La Liga

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