Messi 2018 deal in offing?

Barcelona intend to get Lionel Messi's signature on a new deal keeping him at the club till 2018, according to a new report.

President Sandro Rosell recently stated that the Blaugrana were in “no hurry” to renew the Argentine superstar's contract, which expires in 2016.

But Catalan radio station RAC 1 has indicated that Barca will take the first opportunity they get to tie the reigning World Player of the Year down. The catch is that that opportunity won't come until June 30 next year, as FIFA regulations prohibit any player being linked to a club for more than five years.

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