FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that Lionel Messi will not be leaving the club this summer despite rumours he wants to quit the Spanish giants. The 33-year-old will be out of contract next summer and talks about a new deal have been cancelled. It was reported that Messi ended the talks because the forward is unhappy with the club’s leadership.
Bartomeu has now confirmed that talks about a new deal are still ongoing and that he expects Messi to stay beyond 2021. “We’ve spoken, we are speaking and we will continue to speak with Messi,” Bartomeu told TV3. “He wants to finish his career here, we will definitely renew with him, I am in no doubt that he will stay here.”
Messi has been in a superb form for Barcelona this season, breaking the La Liga’s ‘most valuable player’ record by scoring 20 or more goals and recording 20 or more assists in one single season. The Argentinian currently leads both the La Liga top scorers table as the assists table.