Barcelona president Laporta speaks out on Busquets potential new contract

The midfielder is out of contract this summer, and an MLS move had been mooted

Barcelona President Joan Laporta has admitted that, while he is keen to keep Sergio Busquets at the club, the final decision will rest with the Spaniard as he weighs up a contract offer from the MLS.

The 34-year-old midfielder has been an ever-present since he broke through under Pep Guardiola in 2008, racking up nearly 700 appearances for the Blaugrana.

And, though he remains integral to the club, Busquets is out of contract in the summer and his future is unclear, though he denied rumours that he had already agreed a deal to move to the MLS this summer.

“I can’t tell you anything because there’s nothing,” he said while on international duty with Spain.

“There is nothing despite the rumours that have appeared. There is nothing official. I’ll see how I’m doing this season. There is nothing.

“I want to enjoy myself and then I will see. It is clear that I am not 20 years old. A priori, it is the last year of my contract, but things have been made official that are false.”

Now, Barcelona president Laporta has doubled down on the desire to keep Busquets at the club at least until the summer, in no small part due to Xavi’s reliance on his former teammate.

“Sergio Busquets? Xavi counts on him and is in favour of him continuing”, he explained.

“I really hope Busquets stays until the end of the season, but of course it’s up to him. I know about MLS links but it’s Sergio’s decision”.

Should Busquets depart, Barcelona could make a move for one of Chelsea duo N’Golo Kante or Jorginho, who they have been linked with over the past season and both of whom are also out of contract this summer.

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