Josep Maria Bartomeu has again said that Lionel Messi’s father has signed a contract renewal on Messi’s behalf that will keep him at the club until 2021.
Barca came out to say in July that Messi had agreed a four-year extension to his deal and it would be “signed soon, when Messi returns to the team for preseason training.”
Since then there has been no official confirmation and reports began to spread about the 30-year-old’s future at the club, leading Bartomeu to claim a deal had been signed earlier this month.
Bartomeu has now come out to say again that five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi was committed to the club.
He said “Leo’s commitment to Barca is total. His father has signed the renewal and, therefore, the only thing left to do is to take the photograph.”
Andres Iniesta, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season but Bartomeu is confident the Spain midfielder will also extend his stay at Barca.
“Andres is special for us and for all young players. He is an example as a person and as a player,” Bartomeu said.
“We are negotiating with his agent with the intention of giving him an indefinite contract and letting him choose how long he wants to be at the club.”