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New Lionel Messi deal at Barcelona 'just a matter of time'

New Messi deal at Barcelona 'just a matter of time'
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Lionel Messi is reportedly close to agreeing a new deal to stay with the Catalan giants Barcelona beyond this summer.

Lionel Messi is reportedly close to agreeing a new deal to stay with Catalan giants Barcelona beyond this summer.

The 33-year-old has be heavily linked with a move away from Camp Nou and will see his current contract expire in eight days' time.

However, according to football journalist Fabrizio Romano, it is 'just a matter of time' before Messi signs a new two-year deal, with just a few clauses to be approved before an agreement can be reached.

The Argentina international was desperate to leave Camp Nou last summer after requesting a transfer, but he eventually stayed after Barca demanded that his £625m release clause was met before any transfer could take place.

Messi, who has been with the Catalan club since 2004, is now set to remain in Spain despite reported interest from both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in recent months.

The legendary forward is currently with Argentina at the 2021 Copa America and earned a record-equalling 147th cap in the 1-0 victory over Paraguay on Monday, which puts him level with former Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano.

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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