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Barcelona want to extend Lionel Messi’s contract - report

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The club want him for as long as possible

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Lionel Messi only signed a new contract last year but Barcelona are already making plans to extend his current deal.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the club want to extend his contract by at least one more season and possibly even two.

At the moment Messi’s deal runs until the end of the 2020/21 season when he will be 34. However, if Barcelona get their way he will sign on until June 2023. The plan is to offer the new deal after next summer.

The reasoning is pretty clear, Messi is the greatest player in the world and the club are keen to keep hold of him for as long as possible.

Interestingly the report also claims that Messi has a clause in his contract which means he can leave in 2020 for an non-elite team.

So while he could not move to a big club in Europe, he could follow in the footsteps of Xavi or Andres Iniesta and play in Qatar or Japan.