Gerard Pique optimistic Lionel Messi will extend his Barcelona deal and says the Nou Camp star ‘looks happier in recent months’ amid the team’s resurgence under Ronald Koeman
- Gerard Pique is unsure of ‘what is going to happen’ with Messi’s future at Barca
- The Argentine striker’s contract with the Catalans is set to expire in the summer
- He had been linked with PSG and Manchester City after asking to leave the club
- However, Pique claims the striker looks ‘happier’ with the Catalans as of late
Gerard Pique says he is unsure of ‘what is going to happen’ over Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona but claims the striker looks ‘happier’ as of late.
The Argentine’s contract with the Catalans is set to expire in the summer, and Messi has not yet committed his future to Barcelona with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City interested.
However, Pique insists the club will ‘support his decision’ and says they should remain ‘grateful for what he has done’ for the LaLiga giants.
Gerard Pique is unsure of ‘what is going to happen’ with Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona
Despite spending 13 years alongside Messi at the Nou Camp, Pique is still none the wiser as to his thought process for next season but remains optimistic over a contract extension.
When speaking to Moviestar, Pique said: ‘I couldn’t tell you what’s going to happen with him.
‘I think in recent months he looks happier. That’s important.
‘He impacts the team because he is the captain and influences the whole team. The club is doing very well and much of it is because of him.
However, he claims the Argentine striker looks ‘happier’ as of late with the Catalan giants
Nevertheless, Pique insists the club will ‘support his decision’ regardless of what he chooses
‘Messi has been with us in the team for several years. We know him well, and we will support his decision.
‘We should be grateful for what he has done.’
Despite infamously handing in a transfer request last summer, Barcelona president Joan Laporta remains confident that Messi will sign a contract extension at the club.
‘Everything [that has to do with Messi’s renewal] is progressing adequately,’ Laporta told LaSexta’s show ‘Jugones’ on Friday.
Barcelona have finally found their feet under the guidance of manager Ronald Koeman and their recent success in the Copa del Rey may be enough to convince Messi to stay.
As it stands, the Liga title remains up for grabs as Barcelona sit fourth in the table – five points behind leaders Real Madrid.