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Ronald Koeman admits he is "concerned" by Barcelona's failure to tie down Lionel Messi to a new contract.

Messi, 34, is a free agent after his deal at Camp Nou expired in June, and Barca are yet to agree to new terms with their captain despite the new season beginning in just over one month.

Contract talks have been prolonged as the Argentina forward is currently competing at the Copa America, where he will lead his side against Brazil in the final on Sunday.

But of more concern is Barcelona's inability to hand Messi the contract he is seeking without breaching La Liga's pay cap regulations.

Koeman provided an honest update on his thoughts on Messi's predicament
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Koeman confesses his club are embroiled in a worrying situation regarding the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, but he backed president Joan Laporta to find a solution.

"When everything is not right, you have to be concerned, I have confidence in the president to solve this issue," said Laporta.

"It is important for the club and for the league that the best player in the world remains. Everyone has to make an effort here.

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"Laporta told me to be calm, that they are working on the issue and we are confident that he will be there for a few more years."

The Barcelona boss added: "It is important to know which players you are going to have.

"We know there is a limit, we are in the pre-season and work is being done, but we already know that it’s like this until the end and we are used to it."

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Koeman's comments on Messi's situation come after La Liga president Javier Tebas warned Barcelona they would not be able to simply renew the player's previous £122million-per-season deal.

"He (Messi) won’t be able to sign with the same conditions of the former contract," said Tebas. "That would be impossible but I also don’t think any European club can pay that amount in his former contract, not just Barcelona.

"The decision of whether Messi stays or goes is not up to me but Barcelona. We would like and hope that Barcelona solve the problem so Messi can stay here in Spain.

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"We always want the best players in La Liga but Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo left and we are still here and growing.

"We continue to work and Serie A and Ligue 1 haven’t grown as much as they like [with these stars].

"The Premier League players don’t win the Ballon d’Or but it is the best competition on a sporting and financial level. We shouldn’t be obsessed with players. I would love Messi to stay but it isn’t essential."