Bartomeu: 'We have started planning for the post-Messi era'
- The Argentine is already 32.
- Barca could offer Leo a renewal for four more years.
- Club president Bartomeu claims that the board is already planning on ways to make do after Messi' retirement.
According to the latest reports, Barcelona are planning to offer Leo Messi a new contract which could see him stay at the club until 2023. Reportedly, Josep Maria Bartomeu, the club's president, wants to renew the Argentine once more time before leaving the office and is set to sit down and negotiate with the 32-year-old already in September.
However, it seems that the president is aware that even Messi isn't the same player at 32 and that the club needs to start thinking about ways to move forward:
"We are thinking about a post-Messi era because we are bringing in new players... We have to think about this changing era when Messi will give up playing football but, as president, I hope that he is going to be playing with us still for years to come."
According to Madird-based outlet Diario AS, Barcelona could offer Leo a lifetime contract, just like they did with Andres Iniesta. Messi could end up signing a contract without an expiry date meaning that the Argentina international could continue at the club for as long as he wants. In case he decides to leave or retire, Barca won't be stopping him.
What do you think Barca's strategy should be for the post-Messi era?