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Messi needs Barca and Barca need Messi' - Xavi 'would bet on' Argentine signing new contract

A former team-mate of the six-time Ballon d'Or winner still expects fresh terms to be thrashed out at Camp Nou

Xavi "would bet on" Lionel Messi signing a new contract at Barcelona 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.

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