Barcelona Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has already tried to start negotiations to extend the contract for Lionel Messi
Talks to extend the Argentine’s deal by 2021 this season are set to begin this month, after long being delayed for various reasons.
Negotiations for the club will be led by Bartomeu himself alongside CEO Oscar Grau while his father Jorge will represent Messi.
Now the two parties could start talks on an extension as soon as next week, according to Cope. These talks will only be preliminary for now, with the main bulk of the negotiations set to take place next season.
Messi wants to retain the option of rescinding his contract at the end of each season, as is the system currently in place. The forward will turn 33 in June and he needs to make sure he finishes his Barcelona career in good health, even though he is in good shape at the moment.