Argentine maestro Leo Messi is not for sale says new Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu who says the Azulgrana club intends to start negotiations with the player over a new contract soon. Just last February, Messi signed a new 2 year extension to his existing contract, which effectively ties the Argentine to the club until June 2018.
However, the La Liga leaders are anxious to start talks with Messi and discuss a new contract.
Josep Maria Bartomeu took over at the helm of the Catalan club last Thursday after Sandro Rosell resigned following the scandalous NeymarGate affair in which the former president was accused of ‘misappropriation of funds’. Bartomeu also made it known that his star player was not for sale despite interest from French outfit Paris St Germain.
Speaking to one of Catalonia’s radio stations RAC1, the new president said quite simply: “Messi is not for sale.
“We want to sit down, without any rush, with his father and his agent because we want to ensure he’s the best-paid player like he deserves.
“It won’t be anything imminent because the players right now are focused on competition.”
In last week’s Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg against Levante, Messi notched up 400 appearances for the Catalan giants and has found the net on some 331 occasions.
During his time at the Catalan giants, the 26 year-old has won the Ballon d’Or an amazing four times as well as helping his club win an array of trophies, including six La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and two Copa del Rey trophies.