MX23RW : Friday, February 26 13:13:46| >> :60:423:423:

Josep Maria Bartomeu: 'Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta deals signed'

Bartomeu: 'Messi, Iniesta deals signed'
© SilverHub
Josep Maria Bartomeu stresses that Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will not be going anywhere next summer, as they have both agreed new contracts.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has assured supporters that new deals have been agreed with long-serving stars Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta.

Doubt has lingered over both players' futures at Camp Nou, particularly in the case of Iniesta as he has repeatedly confessed to being unsure whether he will stick around beyond next summer.

Terms appeared to have been agreed with Messi in July, when the club announced in a statement that he had extended his deal until 2021, but a formal contract signing has yet to be arranged.

Three days on from sporting director Robert Fernandez claiming that the situation was being dealt with, Bartomeu has now stressed that both men are staying put.

"Messi? He has a four-year contract. He's the best ever and played for us since he was small and we enjoy watching him play because he's unique," he told reporters. "Contracts for Messi and Iniesta? The club members can rest easy. We've already said Messi's renewal is signed and that he'll be at Barca for as long as he wants, the same with Iniesta.

"[Iniesta] has extraordinary quality. He was here when Ronaldinho was and now he's with Messi. He's crucial for us, he had a great game. Starting with three wins and conceding none is something that hadn't happened for years. We've started with enthusiasm and excited the club members. It's to Ernesto Valverde's credit."

As things stand, both players are due to be out of contract in Catalonia next year.

ID:307164:cQx:QQ:

Click here for more stories about Josep Maria Bartomeu

Click here for more stories about Barcelona

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Lionel Messi of Barcelona in action during his side's Champions League clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016
Read Next:
Valverde praises Messi performance
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free match previews newsletter! Updates are sent twice a week.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Championship
La Liga
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish Championship
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Danish Superliga
NIFL Premiership
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Eerste Divisie
Brasileiro
Copa Diego Maradona
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
Australian A-League
J1 League
Premier League 2 - Div 1
Premier League 2 - Div 2
Gallagher Premiership
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico MadridAtletico23174245162955
2Real Madrid24164442192352
3Barcelona24155453223150
4Sevilla23153534161848
5Real Sociedad24118541202141
6Villarreal2481333325837
7Real Betis24113103238-636
8Levante2471073433131
9Granada2486102941-1230
10Athletic Bilbao2385103327629
11Celta Vigo247892936-729
12Valencia246993032-227
13Osasuna2467112233-1125
14CadizCadiz2467112140-1925
15Getafe2466121730-1324
16AlavesAlaves2457122038-1822
17ElcheElche2349102034-1421
18EibarEibar2449111927-821
19Real Valladolid2449112235-1321
20Huesca24310112135-1419

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!