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Former Barcelona sporting director makes firm Messi future claim

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The risk of losing the club’s greatest ever player keeps growing for Barca, with their No. 10’s contract due to expire on June 30.

Former FC Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez is “very certain” Lionel Messi will commit his future to the club by putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

Messi, who not too long ago dropped a bombshell on Barcelona by handing in a transfer request, is fast approaching free agency.

Reports offering hope as well as demoralizing ones are being circulated on the mercurial Argentine’s future at his boyhood club. There are rumors he has been offered a two-year deal while it is also being claimed the record six-time Ballon d’Or winner and the Catalan club remain tied in negotiations.

Having spent all his almost two-decade-long ultra-illustrious senior career at Camp Nou, the 33-year-old could be tempted to take on a new challenge abroad – or so some believe. Manchester City have been mooted as his most likely destination while Paris Saint-Germain has also been suggested as a possible option.

“He will stay, I am very certain. Knowing him, he will stay,” Fernandez told Radio Marca while discussing Messi’s future. “I don’t have any information, but I have a feeling.”