Bartomeu eyes new Messi contract
President Josep Maria Bartomeu wants to tie Lionel Messi down to a new contract which will see him finish his career at Barcelona.
The Argentina international still has two years to go on his current deal at the Nou Camp but Bartomeu has a mission to keep Messi at the club until he hangs up his boots.
Bartomeu says plans are in the pipeline to offer Messi fresh terms that could see the forward see out his playing career with the La Liga frontrunners.
"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 told ESPN.
"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.
"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.
"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."
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