Barcelona are ready to offer Lionel Messi a new deal which will extend to 2023.
The Argentine current deal is set to end by 2021 but according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, president Josep Bartomeu has informed Messi’s father Jorge that he intends to hold talks over a contract extension.
Bartomeu is expected to hold talks with Messi who has gone to Argentina for the Christmas break next week In Rosario.
Barcelona talisman Messi revealed recently that he turned down a lucrative offer of a lifetime contract at Barca, because he did not want to be completely tied down by the club.
However, Bartomeu has made a bold statement by telling the fans that he expects Messi to stay, and he could be with Barca for another five seasons.
‘Leo Messi will still play with us for the next two, three, four or five years. I have no doubts about that,’ Bartomeu said.
‘Surely it will be the wish of all parties, if he (Lionel Messi) feels strong and ambitious, to extend this contract indefinitely,’ said Bartomeu.
‘Ultimately it is he who must decide. He has earned the right to decide when he will stop playing football. But like he said a few weeks ago, he wants to finish his playing career at Barcelona.
Messi is under contract until 2021, but a clause inserted within his current deal means Messi could leave Camp Nou for nothing in the summer.