Barcelona ready to offer Lionel Messi new contract

  • 16:49 05 April 2019

Barcelona ready to offer Lionel Messi new contract

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he is determined to ensure Lionel Messi remains a "one-club man" forever and is ready to offer him a new contract, ONA reports citing Skysports.

Messi, who joined Barcelona as a 13-year-old, signed a new four-year contract at the Nou Camp in November 2017 but Bartomeu says the club are already looking to extend that deal. The 31-year-old has been in sensational form this season, scoring 42 goals in 39 games, and Bartomeu wants Messi to be forever linked with Barcelona, even after he hangs up his boots.

"We would like to renew his contract, that's the idea. He is young - you can see that - and he still has two years on his deal," he told.

"He's always improving, always innovating. I believe he still has many years in front of him and in the coming months we will sit down with him so that he has many more years at Barcelona.

"Messi is a one-club man. It's more than what he does on the pitch - his relationship with Barca will last forever. I use the example of Pele, who was always at Santos. We want Messi to always be at Barca, whether that's playing or linked to the club.