Messi Among Biggest Stars With Expiring Contracts
Lionel Messi Among Biggest Stars With Expiring Contracts
Lionel Messi has a €300 million release clause in his contract, but it expires by the end of the season. He is only one of quite a few major stars, including another FC Barcelona stalwart and a Real Madrid player, whose contracts expire in 2018.
Click through the gallery above to see some high-profile players whose contracts will expire at the end of this season.
The Argentine is yet to put pen to paper on his new deal, despite the club announcing in early July that both parties had agreed on a contract extension. Back then, the official statement suggested Messi would sign his new deal before the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
With only 10 months left on his current deal at this stage, clubs could approach him in January to speak about a free deal at the end of the season.
However, Barcelona director Albert Soler has insisted that the club's fans don't need to worry about Messi leaving on a free as his signature is just a formality.
"There is absolutely no problem where Messi is concerned," Soler said in a press conference on Saturday, as quoted by The Sun.
"There is no problem, I insist, it will happen soon. It depends on the agendas, from here I want to send a message of tranquility to the Barcelona members. Please be calm."
Messi is not the only high-profile name who finds himself with just 10 months left on their current deal. Arsenal duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are yet to sign new contracts, and at least the former is likely to leave after his move to Manchester City collapsed on deadline day.
Real Madrid's Isco, who scored a brace for Spain against Italy over the weekend, is also yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, although he has reportedly already agreed all details, while Messi's teammate Andres Iniesta is another player whose current contract expires at the end of this campaign.
Juan Mata and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are just two of as many as eight Manchester United stars who could leave for free at season's end if the club does not extend their current contracts.
Note: This list was compiled based on Transfermarkt information.
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