Lionel Messi’s new Barcelona contract to include clause for future move to Inter Miami

Lionel Messi’s new contract at Barcelona will map out the final years of his glittering playing career and is expected to include a two-year spell in MLS with Inter Miami, starting in 2023, before returning to Camp Nou as some kind of ambassador or executive.

In Barca president Joan Laporta’s own words, the contract talks are ‘going well’ but it is ‘not done’. However, for all intents and purposes, it looks as though Messi will be staying at the club for the rest of his career in Europe, less than a year after he formally asked to leave last August.

It is a coup for Barca as it means Messi staying until he is almost 36.

A spell in the United States had already been discussed in previous reports on Messi’s future. But SPORT has taken the story on by now specifically naming Inter Miami, the MLS club which is part owned by David Beckham and has created an image built in local Latin American culture.

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