Xavi “would bet on” Lionel Messi signing a new contract at at some stage in the near future, once financial issues at Camp Nou are ironed out, with both sides of those discussions considered to “need” each other.

The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is technically a free agent after seeing his previous deal come to an end on June 30.

No discussions are being held with other clubs, despite long-standing interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, but the Liga giants have salary cap concerns to contend with before they can thrash out fresh terms with the talismanic presence.

Xavi, a former team-mate of Messi, told Mundo Deportivo of an unwelcome headache for those in Catalunya:

“These are market circumstances, we have to wait.

“I imagine he is talking to the and the president.

“I wish Leo the best, as a of his and as a cule [a Barcelona fan], I wish him to continue at Barca. Hopefully, it can be announced as soon as possible.”

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