Barcelona are reportedly planning to offer Lionel Messi a new contract and bind him to the Nou Camp for the rest of his playing career. For most football followers, this news won’t come as a surprise considering the fact that Messi has been with the Catalan club since he was 13.
In an interview to ESPN FC, the club’s President Josep Maria Bartemou called Messi an one club man and confirmed the club would like to renew Messi’s contract. Messi previously signed a new contract in 2017 extending his long stay at Barcelona to 2021. The Argentine talisman would already be 34 by the time his current contract comes to an end but as of now, age doesn’t seem to slow down the little Master who has scored 42 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season.
“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 (after he’s retired).”
“We want him to have a really long career so we can keep on enjoying him. Lionel’s managed to break down borders. Everyone admires him and he’s applauded at other stadiums by rival fans.”
“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’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.”President Josep Maria Bartemou told ESPN FC