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Barcelona confirm plans to offer Lionel Messi a ‘lifetime’ contract

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The club want him to stay forever

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Barcelona chief executive officer Oscar Grau has said that the club will offer Lionel Messi a “lifetime contract” similar to that signed by Andres Iniesta earlier this month.

Grau was speaking at the club’s annual general meeting on Saturday, where he also said Messi has signed a deal back in June.

"Messi signed a four-year deal in June, but the club will offer him a lifetime contract," he said.

"The idea is for Leo, who has been here since he was little, to stay here for life because he is an icon. After his playing days we want him to continue to be linked to the club.”

Source | ESPN

Despite Grau’s words we are still waiting for Messi to actually put pen to paper on the new deal that was announced all the way back in July.

Josep Maria Bartomeu has said he is already playing under the new deal and added the club hope to take the photo with Messi’s signature before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, we are now heading towards November with Messi still yet to sign on, and his deal set to expire next summer.

Of course there’s no indication he is going anywhere, but the fact the club have allowed it to get this far, is more than a little concerning.