Sport : Football

Barca plan new Messi deal

20th September 2012, 05:14pm

Messi: In line to be rewarded with a new contract

Messi: In line to be rewarded with a new contract

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has revealed the club are preparing a new deal to keep Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp.

Messi still has four years to run on his current deal, but Barca are ready to reward the Argentine ace with a new improved contract.

The 25-year-old has established himself as the best player in the world since coming through the Barca ranks and he underlined his importance to the club with two late goals to help them come from behind to beat Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Champions League.

Rosell feels the Catalan giants have a responsibility to look after Messi's interests, although he admits talks have yet to be scheduled

"It finishes in 2016, but it would be irresponsible to not improve his contract," Rosell told Catalunya Radio.

"You have to think about such things. Right now there is nothing scheduled, but this is a machine that is constantly in motion and things can change at any moment."

Rosell added: "The coaching staff think about next Sunday, we look further down the line and take the more distant future into consideration.

"Work has to start now on the contract that will take effect from 2016."

Rosell also refused to get involved in the debate surrounding Real Madrid's problems amid reports of dressing room unrest at the Bernabeu.

"The day you become preoccupied by other teams' matters is the day you start to lose," continued Rosell. "We need to remain a close group and work as such."

Football Videos

    Lambert: Sinclair has huge potential

    Lambert: Sinclair has huge potential

    30-January-2015

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says Scott Sinclair is a fantastic player and can be a great signing for the club.

    Sinclair has no City regrets

    Sinclair has no City regrets

    30-January-2015

    Scott Sinclair has left Manchester City to join Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season and says he has no regrets about joining City in the first place.

    Transfer Centre

    Transfer Centre

    30-January-2015

    All the latest transfer news from Sky Sports News HQ.

    Bojan could return for start of next season

    Bojan could return for start of next season

    30-January-2015

    Bojan could be back for Stoke in time for the start of next season according to manager Mark Hughes. The Spaniard ruptured his cruciate knee ligament on Monday night.

    Sky Bet

      • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

    Facebook Favourites