Lionel Messi: Ter Stegen hopes Barcelona captain stays at club next season

Lionel Messi: Ter Stegen hopes Barcelona captain stays at club next season

- Lionel Messi could still commit his future to Barcelona, according to Marc-Andre Ter Stegen

- The 33-year-old has declared he would see out the rest of his 2020-21 contract with Barcelona

- Ter Stegen is now La Blaugrana's second-highest-paid player after signing a new deal until 2025

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen hopes Lionel Messi can be persuaded to pen a new deal to keep him at Camp Nou for a larger part of his future.

The Barcelona captain has been linked to a move in the Premier League when his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old decided to see out the remainder of his contract after his transfer request was turned down by former President Josep Bartomeu.

Lionel Messi: 'I hope he continues here and be happy' - Ter Stegen

Lionel Messi: 'I hope he continues here and be happy' - Ter Stegen. Photo by Sebastian Castaneda-Pool and Maria Jose Segovia
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However, Ter Stegen has insisted that Messi can still make a U-turn on his decision to leave the Camp Nou and commit his immediate future to the club.

The Germany international stated in an interview with BarcaTV:

"It's always an advantage to have Messi on the team because he can score goals out of nowhere - that's what makes him so special.
"I hope he continues here and can be happy. You have to give him the opportunity to be above things because he's an extremely important part of our game."

The 28-year-old recently committed his long-term future to Barcelona until 2025 which would let him spend a decade with La Blaugrana.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Marc-Andre ter Stegen wants to become Barcelona's second-highest-paid player behind club captain Lionel Messi.

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The Germany international is on the verge of agreeing on a new deal with the club as his earner £22million yearly salary is expected to be increased.

The 28-year-old is willing to commit his long term future to the club but his wages seem to be the stumbling block in his current discussions with the club.

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