Barcelona: Barcelona extend their contracts to top players, including Lionel Messi and Neymar. Announcing club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Thursday.
Messi the highest paid player at the club, has two years remaining on his current contract.Messi, four-times winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or, graduated from Barcelona’s youth side after moving to Spain from Argentina and made his senior debut in 2003.
Bartomeu said Brazilian striker Neymar was on the verge of signing a new extended deal with Barca, while new players would also be arriving.’Sixty million euros is the figure that the sporting area is working on to dedicate to new signings,’ he said. ‘We’re looking for reinforcements. We have a great team. We’ve won seven of the last nine titles and we have Messi, the best player in the world.
They have yet to renew their 95.5 million euros three-year deal with Qatar Airways but are in talks with the Qatar government, as well as two other corporations, which Bartomeu refused to name.
‘Our responsibility is to find the best sponsor for the club and we are looking for a more lucrative agreement, and there aren’t many companies willing to invest that money,’ he said.