The Argentine superstar's future has recently been known as into question however the Catalans
square measure hopeful a brand new deal will presently be in agreement.
Lionel Messi is in talks with metropolis over a brand new contract, the Spanish club's sporting director Eric Abidal has confirmed.
The Argentina international has spent eighteen years with Barca however his future has been known as into question when it emerged earlier this year he will leave Camp Nou at no cost
at the end of any season.
Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is formally shrunken to the La Liga champions till 2021, however Abidal is hopeful contemporary terms will presently be in agreement.
"They square measure already talking," he told Mundo Deportivo .
"I don't apprehend if can|we'll|we are going to} have news presently as a result of the choice will rely on the player, except for USA as a club I hope it's sorted
as soon as possible."
Asked once he expects associate degree agreement to be proclaimed, Abidal said: "It are going to be illustrious once it's illustrious, but I am positive."
Last month marked fifteen years since Messi created his metropolis debut at the age of seventeen.
Since then he has gone on to attain 600 goals in 698 appearances, winning a club-record thirty four trophies as well as 10 La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions Leagues and six
Copa del Reys.
He has making him the best-paid player in La Liga - worth a reported €580,000
The deal additionally includes a mammoth €700 million unharness fee, tho' it's since been reported that the contract additionally contains a clause permitting him to depart for a team
outside Europe at the end of any season.
Despite being thirty two, his skills and importance to the aspect show no signs of decreasing, with metropolis creating their worst begin to a season in twenty five years whereas Messi was
sidelined through injury.
However, since creating his initial begin of the campaign against Villarreal in Sep Barca have won eight out of ten matches altogether competitions, with Messi evaluation 9 goals in
Meanwhile, Abidal additionally confirmed academy product Ansu Fati is in line for a contract extension, having affected in his breakthrough campaign.
"We are also talking to him," Abidal said.
"He could be a young player that we've got to shield.
We have to speak to his family and representatives."