Messi, Iniesta will renew – Bartomeu

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reiterated Lionel Messi has ‘signed’ a new deal at the club while Andres Iniesta has ‘an agreement in principle’.

Both players see their contracts at the Blaugrana expire next summer and there has been a flurry of speculation that both will leave the club as free agents.

However, the Catalan club’s president has said two of the three contracts for Messi to renew are ‘sorted’ while all they are missing now is ‘official protocol’.

“Messi’s renewal? It has all been agreed and signed,” Bartomeu told Diario Sport.

“All that is missing is Leo’s signature for protocol and an official photograph, but his father has signed the image rights contract while the Messi Foundation contract is also finalised.

“We’re relaxed as everything is ready and the contract will be valid from the 30th June this year – everything is in place.

“Nobody should be worried, it has been a busy schedule with a lot of games but we will find the right moment, although I can’t tell you an exact time.”

Elsewhere, the president also gave an interview to El Mundo Deportivo where he reiterated the Argentine’s contractual situation and also spoke of club captain Andres Iniesta.

The 33-year-old midfielder has an ‘agreement in principle’ for a contract renewal although nothing official has yet been signed, Bartomeu confirmed.

The Spain international has been linked with a free transfer to Italian champions Juventus next summer, amid reports he wants to end his 21-year association at the Camp Nou.

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