Joan Laporta has said Lionel Messi wants to remain with Barcelona. Messi's contract ends at the end of the month and is negotiating a two-year deal.

"Talks are ongoing with Messi's people," Laporta said in a news conference when asked whether an agreement was in place. "As I have said, they're going well. We hope to keep making progress.

"It's not done but I am convinced, like [Aguero] said, that they would like to play together here. I have always said the issue with Leo is not financial for him.

"[Messi] is showing a lot of understanding and wants to stay and have a competitive team that wins trophies. The sooner we have a decision, the better, of course, but we're not in a rush."