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Barcelona ready to renew Messi contract

ESPN staff
September 20, 2012
Lionel Messi looks in line for an improved contract at Barcelona in the near future © PA Photos

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has confirmed the club are already considering the renovation of Lionel Messi's contract, despite the Argentine's current deal having almost four more years to run.

Messi, who scored in excess of 70 goals for Barca in all competitions last season, is currently committed to the club through to the summer of 2016, but Rosell stressed the importance of getting work underway on an improved deal for the player as soon as possible.

"It finishes in 2016, but it would be irresponsible to not improve his contract," Rosell told Catalunya Radio.

"You have to think about such things. Right now there is nothing scheduled, but this is a machine that is constantly in motion and things can change at any moment."

Rosell continued: "The coaching staff think about next Sunday, we look further down the line and take the more distant future into consideration.

"Work has to start now on the contract that will take effect from 2016."

Rosell also refused to be drawn on the current situation at Real Madrid, a matter which has occupied the Spanish press who appear to be convinced that manager Jose Mourinho is fighting down a dressing room revolt.

"The day you become preoccupied by other teams' matters is the day you start to lose," he said. "We need to remain a close group and work as such."

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