Barcelona president not worried about contract extension Messi
FC Barcelona made two months ago, proudly announced that an agreement with Lionel Messi over contract extension until mid-2021, but the commitment is still not quite official. According to president Josep Maria Bartomeu is that a matter of time.
“The contract is fully agreed and signed”, says Bartomeu Tuesday in the Catalan newspaper Sport. “What is still lacking is that ‘Leo’ arrives and we have the official picture and the official tekenmoment.”
On July 5, announced FC Barcelona until mid 2018 ongoing commitment by the 30-year-old Messi with a three-year extension, with an option on another season. That news followed months of talks on extending the contract.
The star player of Barça was at that time in Argentina, where he at the end of June married his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo. Since then, Barcelona and Messi, according to Bartomeu still not a good time to found to the Argentine for the eye of the camera’s signature.
“But the contract is already valid from 30 June, coincidentally also the date of his wedding”, said the president. “There are no problems, it’s really only about the protocol of signing the agreement. We are relaxed.”
Messi (30) extends contract with FC Barcelona until mid-2021
In Spanish media published the last weeks, rumors that Messi is not happy with the transferzomer of Barcelona and that the contract extension therefore is delayed.
The Catalans lost attacker Neymar for a record 222 million euros to Paris Saint-Germain. As a replacement came Ousmane Dembélé for a minimum of 105 million euro and up to 147 million euros from Borussia Dortmund, but Barcelona hold next to Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
“Fans need not be concerned,” says Bartomeu. “There are a lot of rumors, but they can remain calm. We have only had some problems to a time and place for the contract extension at all officially.”
“Initially, it was Messi his wedding, then he went to Japan, then we had as a club a tour through the US, then there was the Super Cup, the start of the competition… But we will have a good time. Within a month? I hope so.”
Messi is currently on a path with the Argentine national team, that in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in your own home a world cup kwalificatieduel plays with Venezuela. Barcelona continues the competition Saturday with a home match against fellow-townsman Espanyol.
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