Messi: Bartomeu expecting star to finish career at Barcelona
Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu told a press conference: "Lionel Messi loves this club. The names Messi and Barça go hand in hand." Brazil-Argentina live
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken of his confidence that Lionel Messi will pen fresh terms at the Spanish champions.
Messi, who starred in Barça's 4-1 LaLiga win over Espanyol at the weekend, is yet to extend his current contract, which runs out in 2018.
Suárez, Neymar futures secured
Fellow strikers Luis Suárez and Neymar have both been tied down on new deals in the past couple of months, with the Uruguayan signing on until 2021 on Friday.
On Sunday, vice-president Jordi Mestre said negotiations were yet to begin with Messi's camp, but was optimistic he'd soon join the pair in committing.
"After those of Neymar and Luis Suárez, we hope to finalise it [Messi's contract] in the first quarter of the year," Mestre explained.
Bartomeu: "I'm sure Messi will retire here"
And in a press conference on Tuesday, Bartomeu said: "We'd like him to finish his career here. Messi wants to continue because he's happy, it's his club."
"Messi is the best player in history, we'd like him to finish his career here and we'll work hard to make sure of that."
To be able to comment you must be registered and logged in. Forgot password?