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Lionel Messi ‘Signs New Barcelona Deal’

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Lionel Messi has reportedly reached an agreement with Barcelona and will stay at the club by penning a new deal until 2026.

The 34-year-old Argentina international, whose deal expired at the end of June, has finally agreed to new terms with SPORT claiming negotiations are now finalised.

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Barcelona, however, still need to reduce their wage bill so Messi’s new contract can be registered with LaLiga.

An announcement is expected to be made in the coming days after a breakthrough was made in talks on Monday with Messi’s father Jorge.

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Due to Barcelona’s dire financial position, Messi has had to take a 50 percent pay deduction from his previous deal, which was worth in excess of £425million over four years.

That means Messi’s earnings will be slashed by £250,000 every week on his new five-year contract.

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