Messi to be offered new contract

April 17, 2014
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Club president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed Barcelona plan to offer Lionel Messi a new contract to keep the Argentina superstar at Camp Nou.

The 26-year-old has come under increasing scrutiny off the back of an injury-hit campaign in which the Catalan giants have only their La Liga title left to defend. If they fail to do so, it will be the first time since 2008 that they have ended a season without a major trophy.

Speculation has intensified that Manchester City may look to tempt the three-time Champions League winner away from Spain, but Bartomeu has said the club will not sell.

"Messi is under contact until 2018," Bartomeu told TV3.

"But we want to improve it to adapt to football's current situation."

On the recent criticism about Messi's form, he added, "I think people are being unfair on Leo Messi. He has led us to so many wins in recent years.

"He has led the team and done so very well and we have no doubt that he will continue to lead the club into the future.

"He's a young player, the best in the world and we have every faith in him."

Bartomeu said club officials plan to discuss the futures of a number of first-team players at the end of the season and that no decisions had been reached yet.

"Some decisions have been made and there are others to be made," he added.

"This is not the time to announce them because we are still playing in competition.

"There will be time for that in a few weeks.

"A lot of work has been done and it has all been good work. There won't be a revolution, but there will be in-depth restructuring of the football team."

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