FC Barcelona have already made contact with Jorge Messi, Lionel’s father, to begin talks for the player’s contract renewal, according to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo.
Messi’s current deal is due to expire in June 2021.
This is just one more step in Barça’s attempts to get the Argentine to sign an extension.
Barca president Josep Bartomeu has said repeatedly that Messi will remain at the Camp Nou until “whenever he wants” and has also been confident that their talisman will indeed renew, in spite of some rumours that he may be tempted away for a final challenge elsewhere.
Bartomeu’s clear objective is to get this particular extension sorted.
For his part, Messi has reassured Blaugrana fans about his future upon receiving his record sixth Ballon d’Or earlier in the month.
However, as previously reported by Spanish news outlet El Pais, the forward has a clause in his contract stating that he can leave Barçelona at the end of this season if he wishes.
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Although renewals the size of Messi’s always involve a lot of small print and numerous clauses, few doubt that he will sign in the coming months, with an expectation that it will be finalised by the time we reach the summer of 2020.