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Because he’s worth it

Barcelona and Messi put the finishing touches to four months of negotiations, which got under way when Josep María Bartomeu took over as club chairman, and agreed on a new contract deal.

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The new terms have been shaken on and all that remains now is for the paperwork to be drawn up and both parties to sign their approval. However, it is unlikely an official statement will made before the player has to leave for Argentina.

The new terms will result in a significant increase in earnings for Messi. His fixed net salary will go up from €13 million to approximately €20 million, as well as receiving bonuses worth three million per season. These contractual improvements are retro-active and will be back-dated to include the season just about to end.

The duration of Messi’s contract remains unchanged however, which means the Argentine will play for the club until 2018. Neither was there any change to the buyout clause, which is still set at €250 million.

The most difficult part of the negotiations centered around Messi’s image rights. Initially, the club hoped to receive a share of this income, but the player was unwilling to accept such changes.

Nevertheless, Messi did agree to budge on two related issues. Firstly, he agreed to end his sponsorship deal with Turkish Airlines, who had made an offer to renew the deal. And secondly, Barcelona can now use images of Messi on his own in those deals where he shares his image rights with the club.

Mourinho sees this season as his worst

_67680649_joFollowing another disappointing loss in the Copa del Rey final by his team, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was succint and pointed in criticism of himself. While achieving a win against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, La Real were unable to achieve any other trophies and have largely been seen as much of failure considering their budget and quality of players.

“This is the worst season of my career”, said Mourinho. Continue reading Mourinho sees this season as his worst

Real Madrid preparing to lose Jose Mourinho

jose-mourinho_1812989cFrench club Paris Saint-Germain has rejected Real Madrid’s bid for their current boss, Carlo Ancelotti. According to PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi, the Spanish club had contacted him to speak with the coach, a request he quickly denied.

“I told them: ‘If you want to have Carlo, you need to know that he has a year left on his contract, so please respect the contract,'” he was quoted by FoxSports.com. “”He apologised and told me he had thought Ancelotti’s contract was expiring but I told him that was wrong and that Carlo has another year with us. He told me they would take that into account.”

The claim makes clear Real Madrid have realised the small chance they have to retain Mourinho, as he’s all but confirmed reports he will be heading back to his former club, Chelsea. The relationship between Mourinho and the club has soured in the past few weeks, as an embarrassing exit from the Champions League by Borussia Dortmund was followed by a public falling out with club stars Iker Casillas and Pepe.

Current Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez and Spurs coach André Villas-Boas are favorites along with Ancelotti to take the job.

Manchester City look to replace freshly sacked Mancini with Pellegrini

Manuel-Pellegrini01Roberto Mancini was upset heading into Saturday’s FA Cup final between Wigan and Manchester City, believing his club hadn’t done enough to deflect reports of him being replaced. It turns out there was reason behind the club’s actions.

Mancini was sacked on Monday, despite his outspoken confidence that he would remain the Blues manager following City’s disappointing loss to Wigan. His firing only served to strengthen the position of floating rumors that Málaga’s current coach, Manuel Pellegrini, would take his place.

However, Pellegrini publicly came out and denied the reports following his team’s match against Sevilla. “I categorically deny that I am the new Manchester City coach,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big Clubs are interested in me.  I have an agreement with Málaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other outfit.”

Despite his statement, it is widely believed that an agreement has already taken shape and Malaga will soon be in the running for a new manager.