Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez insists that there is no panic amongst the players as the club waits on for their star player Lionel Messi to sign his contract extension.
The club had announced in July that Lionel Messi has already agreed on a contract that will keep him at the Catalan club until 2021, with his current contract set to expire this January. Messi is eligible to sign for any team as a free-agent as soon as the January transfer window opens but despite that midfielder, Denis Suarez has insisted that there is no reason to worry.
However, Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu says there is no need for the fans to panic as the Argentinian according to him has signed two out of three contracts this summer. The club has signed up the image rights and a contract with the players’ foundation run by his father, Jorge Messi.
“With respect to [Messi’s] contract renewal, I think he will be here for a long time yet,” midfielder Denis said at a promotional event on Thursday. “On Friday, he will be at training and on Sunday he will play against Valencia. There’s calm because Barca is the club of Leo’s life. We hope he stays here for a long time and that we can keep on enjoying him.”
The Argentine has started out well this season, scoring 16 times in all competitions and has also produced four assists for the Catalan giants in the just 19 appearances. This has been overshadowed by the fact that there is no Neymar, Luis Suarez has not been at his best and that Neymar’s potential replacement Ousmane Dembele injured himself just three games into his Barcelona career.
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Denis Suarez has further admitted that Neymar’s departure has had an effect on the club but coach Ernesto Valverde has been smart enough to put it aside. Suarez also hit back at the critics, who called Barcelona’s performance boring multiple times this season. “But we’re getting over his loss with some incredibly good form. I don’t think the way we’re playing is boring, nor is it not respecting the club’s identity.”
It would be quite surprising and astonishing to see Messi leave Barcelona after the trust shown to him by the club. However, it certainly would not be a distant reality, with Neymar signing a huge-money move to Paris St Germain this season which the club never expected. If Messi follows suit and leaves Barcelona, the Catalan club would be left in shambles, as the forward is the last person that Robert Fernandez and the club would want to see at the exit door.