Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed they have offered Lionel Messi a new five-year deal – and plan to keep him part of the club “Forever”.
Is Messi Leaving Barcelona possible? In case you didn't know, the 31-year-old has two and a half years remaining on his current deal at the Nou Camp and discussions have recently emerged regarding how the club will be able to move on from the iconic Argentinian.
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the Messi Leaving Barcelona story is not a new one as the player has previously spoken of his desire to play for boyhood club Newell's Old Boys before hanging up his boots – yet Bartomeu is hopeful he will never leave the Catalan club.
“Leo Messi will continue with us,” Bartomeu told Barcelona-based radio station RKB, cited by Marca.
“He is a club player and the relationship will continue forever.
“We have offered him a new contract over five years and I hope we will continue discussing the deal.”
Barcelona have also handed manager Ernesto Valverde a new one-year contract extension with an option to add a further year which would keep him with the club until the end of the 2020-21 season.
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