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Barça boss gives update on team's transfer news

Barça boss discusses team's transfer activity, including Messi's stalled contract negotiations

July 13, 2020 By Oscar Rojas
Despite rumors that link the Argentine to an exit, Josep Maria Bartomeu believes that the South American superstar will not leave the Camp Nou.

Even after what can only be categorized as a disappointing season, Barcelona fans can rest easy when it comes to the future of Lionel Messi, as the Argentine ace will not be leaving the club in the near future.

Speaking in an interview with TV3's show Onze, where he also discussed Quique Setién's future as team boss, president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted that negotiations between the player and the club are on hold, but he also added that he remains confident about Messi's intentions to continue playing for Los Culés.

"Leo Messi fits perfectly on what Barcelona wants to do in the next years. His current deal ends in June 2021, and he is in shape to play two or three more years. I have no doubts about his future, he will surely sign a contract extension," Bartomeu said.

The team's main man also referred to some disagreements that caused a sour relationship between the team's board and the Argentine, but he stated how those problems have been erradicated.

"We have a solid relationship, he is not mad at us. Things were not the best when we decided to adjust the team's wages, especially after some members of the board spoke too much, but they are gone now, so there should not be any problems on that subject," Bartomeu added.

One of the main requests by Messi is to have a competitive squad for years to come, and on that matter, Bartomeu admitted that this summer's transfer window will be a bit complicated not only for Barcelona, but for all teams in the world. Furthermore, Bartomeu went on to discuss the future of some of Barcelona's potential transfer targets.

"This will be an atypical transfer window, mainly because all the teams have lost a lot of money. Regarding Neymar, I don't see PSG ready to let him leave. As for Lautaro Martínez, we have held negotiations with Inter, but that subject is on stand by. We have decided to finish the season and see what we can work out then," Bartomeu concluded.

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