Barca boss: Messi al­ready play­ing un­der new con­tract

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Sports -

UN­DER- fire Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu has moved to ap­pease fans by claim­ing Lionel Messi is al­ready play­ing un­der a five-year con­tract, which has been signed on be­half of the player by his fa­ther. The club an­nounced in July that their all-time lead­ing goalscorer, whose deal was due to ex­pire at the end of this sea­son, had signed an ex­ten­sion to 2021 yet the lack of of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion there­after caused con­cern among the fan base. Bar­tomeu claimed on Cata­lan tele­vi­sion that the deal has been done and runs through to 2022. “We’ll take an of­fi­cial photo of Messi sign­ing it, but there’s no rush,” Bar­tomeu told 8TV.

“Hope­fully be­fore the end of the year, but the con­tract it­self has been signed by his fa­ther on be­half of the player, as well as that of his foun­da­tion’s and im­age con­tracts.” “He doesn’t need to sign it given his fa­ther has. He’s cur­rently play­ing un­der the deal, which comes un­der last sea­son’s books. “It runs un­til 2022 and if he wants he can of course re­new it and play at the new Camp Nou sta­dium. There’s no bet­ter test to his com­mit­ment than to see him play.”

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