La Liga giants FC Barcelona have confirmed they are in talks with superstar Lionel Messi over a new contract.
The 29-year-old is currently under contract until 2018, but the Catalan club are keen to tie him down for longer, despite earlier reports suggesting he had already agreed a new deal.
According to Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu, however, negotiations are well under way.
"Messi has two years of contract but we will talk with him to renew because we want him to continue, Messi is the number one player in the world," Bartomeu told Catalunya Radio, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"The tax issues faced by his family is something that we do not like because sometimes players are not responsible for these things.
"We talk to all players and in the case of Leo, he is a very strong person, with great ambition, and has returned better than ever, demonstrating the desire to continue making people happy in Barcelona. We can always count on him."
Messi has got off to a good start with Barca this season, scoring two goals in two La Liga matches so far.
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