Barcelona president ‘convinced’ Lionel Messi will not leave the club

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is “convinced” Lionel Messi  (whose current deal expires in the summer of 2018, and is yet to agree new terms) will end his career at the club.

Bartomeu said: “All of Barca believe this is how it has to be, because he is the player that in the last few years has brought us sporting success.”

Reports in Spanish newspapers suggested that Messi had rejected an offer of a new contract.

But the Barcelona president added: “I believe we’ve got a team with incredible players, all of them.

“There is nonetheless a leader of course, Leo Messi, he is well known and popular all over the world.

“We’re all convinced, we’re all positive Leo Messi will end his sporting career in Barca.”

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