Messi has Barca con­tract for life, Bar­tomeu says

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BARCELONA pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu has told ESPN FC that star player Li­onel Messi has a con­tract with the club “for­ever” as they pre­pare for ne­go­ti­a­tions on a new deal in the com­ing months.

Messi (29) has a con­tract which cur­rently ex­pires in June 2018. How­ever, this sum­mer, the Ar­gen­tine star was linked with a pos­si­ble move to re-join for­mer boss Pep Guardi­ola at Manch­ester City, as well as a re­turn to his child­hood club Newell’s Old Boys fol­low­ing the 2018 World Cup, some­thing Messi said he would “love to do.”

But Bar­tomeu has made re­new­ing Messi’s deal a pri­or­ity this term.

“[Messi] has all the years he wants [with Barcelona]. Li­onel Messi is the best ever to play foot­ball in the his­tory of the world and he plays with us,” he told ESPN FC in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view. “We are very happy, he is very im­por­tant for the club, he’s very im­por­tant for the fans, he’s very im­por­tant for foot­ball it­self.

“And Li­onel Messi in the next com­ing months of course we are go­ing to talk with him be­cause he knows, he al­ready knows that he has a con­tract for­ever. There is not a limit with him.

“The limit will be de­cided by him and right now he is 29 years old, he is tal­ented, he is am­bi­tious, and he’s in per­fect shape to con­tinue for many more years.” — Su­pers­port.

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