Barca president Bartomeu confident Messi will sign new deal

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the side.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, whose deal expires in 2021, had called Barcelona “weak” and “inconsistent” after it lost the La Liga title to Real Madrid.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says he has “no doubt” that captain Lionel Messi will sign a new contract with the La Liga club.

Messi, whose deal expires in 2021, had called his side “weak” and “inconsistent” after it lost the league title to Real Madrid.

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“Messi has said many times that he wants to retire here and I have no doubt that he will re-sign,” Bartomeu told Mundo Deportivo.

Paris St Germain forward Neymar has been linked with a return to Camp Nou but Bartomeu said the only way for Barcelona to sign the Brazilian would be through a player exchange.

“Now we are making decisions and the players, if they do not come as part of a player exchange, it is very difficult for them to come,” Bartomeu added.

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