Xavi addresses Messi contract saga


FC Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has shared his view on Lionel Messi becoming a free agent after allowing his contract to expire.

The Argentine's contract with the Catalan outfit officially came to an end on 30 June, meaning he is now technically without a club.

There have been reports that there is a two-year contract on the table, but it can only be signed if Barcelona lower their wage bill to LaLiga's standards.

Even with those hiccups, Xavi is hopeful that his former teammate will sign a new deal with the LaLiga giants.

"These are market circumstances, we have to wait," Xavi told Mundo Deportivo

"I imagine he is talking to the club and the president.

"I wish Leo the best, as a friend of his and as a cule [a Barcelona fan], I wish him to continue at Barca. Hopefully, it can be announced as soon as possible.

"If I had to bet, I would say that he will continue at the club, although many things have been said in football, but I would say that he will continue.

"Leo needs Barca and Barca need Leo. He is happy in Barcelona; he has spent his life there. I would bet on him renewing."

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