Bartomeu: We are preparing for a future without Messi

FC Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu has explained that he knows that Lionel Mes­si will retire some­day and that the club is think­ing and mak­ing prepa­ra­tions for that time. Leo’s con­tract expires in 2021 when he will be 34 years old, although the club will try to offer a new con­tract to him.

The day will come when Lionel Mes­si will announce his retire­ment. But before then, we will need to pre­pare the club ahead. That’s why we try to bring in young play­ers (Dem­bele, Lenglet, Arthur, Frankie de Jong and Emer­son) into the team in order to con­tin­ue this era of suc­cess we have right now,” said Bar­tomeu.

The Bar­ca pres­i­dent stressed,“My era as the club’s pres­i­dent will end in two years and so it’s my respon­si­bil­i­ty to leave the club in a good posi­tion and let the new pres­i­dent it’s our her­itage”.

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