Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has professed his hope that Lionel Messi can be persuaded to sign a new deal that will keep him at Camp Nou.
The Blaugrana skipper could be heading to new pastures at the conclusion of the current campaign following a protracted, public fight over his future leading into the 2020-21 season.
Though the Argentine is committed for the rest of the term following his thwarted attempts to seal an early release, many expect the striker to be straight out of the door once his deal is up, with a potential Pep Guardiola reunion at Manchester City one mooted option.
But Ter Stegen – who recently signed a new long-term deal to keep him at the Catalan outfit through 2025, cementing more than a decade of service in La Liga – remains keen for his captain to turn around and reaffirm himself to the European heavyweights.
“It’s always an advantage to have Messi on the team because he can score goals out of nowhere – that’s what makes him so special,” the 28-year-old stated in an interview with BarcaTV.
“I hope he continues here and can be happy. You have to give him the opportunity to be above things because he’s an extremely important part of our game.”