Luis Enrique hopeful over Messi contract talks


BARCELONA: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique is confident Lionel Messi will tie his future to the Catalan giants after opening talks to extend his contract beyond 2018.

Lionel Messi AFP PHOTO

Lionel Messi AFP PHOTO

Various Spanish media sources reported this week that Messi’s father and agent, Jorge Horacio Messi, has arrived in Barcelona to begin negotiations on a new deal for the five-time World Player of the Year.

“Of course (I like the news),” Enrique said on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

“The day on which it is announced will be a great day for everyone to celebrate.”

Barca has already tied down Neymar, Sergi Busquets and Javier Mas­cherano to contract extensions this year.

“He would join a list of players that have renewed and want to stay at Barca and form part of the Barca family,” added Enrique.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu also told Uruguayan radio this week he hoped to seal a new deal with Luis Suarez before the end of the year.



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