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Barcelona in talks with Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati over new contracts, says Eric Abidal

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The club want to extend the duo

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Eric Abidal has confirmed that Barcelona are already talking to Lionel Messi and Ansu Fati about new contracts.

The club’s sporting director says he is hopeful that the club can seal a deal with Messi as soon as possible and is also optimistic Ansu will commit his future to the club.

“They are already talking. I do not know if we will have news soon because the decision will depend on the player, but for us as a club I hope it is sorted as soon as possible.

“It will be known when it is known, but I am positive.

”We are also talking to him [Ansu]. He is a young player that we have to protect. We have to talk to his family and representatives.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

Messi’s current deal runs until 2021 and he has previously talked about staying at the club until he retires. Barcelona handed Ansu a new three-year contract in July with a release clause of €100m but seem keen to hand him an improved deal.