Currently, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is due to go to a free agent when his current deal expires at the end of the season.

Messi has to look after himself and no-one else

Oscar Mingueza will not try to influence Lionel Messi’s contract call to Barcelona in any way, with the defender pointing out that his iconic team-mate has to “look after himself and no-one else.” Currently, the six-time Ballon d’Or winner is due to go to a free agent when his current deal expires at the end of the season. The new terms were clarified along with a step elsewhere, and Mingueza says the all-time great has earned the right to dictate his future after all that he has achieved in Catalonia. Mingueza said on a long-running saga at Camp Nou: “No one can complain about everything Messi has given us at Barcelona. He has to take care of himself and no one else”. Leo Messi will wait until the summer before making the final call on his next move.

Oscar Mingueza’s contract expires this summer

Joan Laporta, who has returned to Barcelona for a second term as club president, has declared his confidence in a new agreement being thrashed out. However, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are among those who follow the proceedings closely as they prepare to pounce. Messi isn’t the only member of Ronald Koeman’s team that has entered the final few months of their current deal. The defender is in a similar position, with the 21-year-old enjoying a surprise breakout campaign in 2020-21. The injuries of others have worked in his favour, allowing 30 appearances in all competitions. Another graduate of the famous La Masia academy is hoping to earn a long stint at Barca. He added: “Yes, my contract ends this summer. I am very calm, nothing has been said, but I am very calm. Let’s hope I can stay at Barcelona.”

Mingueza also discussed the future of Blaugrana coach Koeman, with questions posed to the Dutchman at various intervals this season. His form has improved lately, which suggests that he will be kept, and he has the full support of those at his disposal. Mingueza said of his coach: “Should Koeman continue? It can be seen that the team has improved; the dynamics are excellent. This team needed time. Hopefully, he will continue next year.”