Messi set to extend stay at Barcelona

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Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has said that superstar Lionel Messi will be signing a new deal this season. 

Messi’s current contract with Barcelona expires in 2018, and he has yet to ink a new deal to stay at the Nou Camp.

While Fernandez made it clear that the Catalans are in no rush to finalise a new contract with the club’s talisman, he is confident that Messi will continue plying his trade with the La Liga outfit, especially as team-mate Neymar recently agreed to sign a five-year deal.

“This year there are a number of situations we need to solve,” Fernandez told Sport. “As was the case with Rafinha, [Sergio] Busquets, Neymar and [Javier] Mascherano, people said we wouldn’t reach an agreement, but in the end there were no problems.

“I’m delighted that he’s the No 1 in the world and that he’s with us. We will reach an agreement. I’m totally convinced.

“There’s no rush. This season we will reach an agreement. Like we did with Rafinha, Mascherano, Busi and Neymar.”

Meanwhile, Fernandez believes his side made an excellent investment in signing Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti to a five-year deal worth €25 million.

Fernandez, however, took a shot at Arsenal, hinting that they had overpaid for defender Shkodran Mustafi. The Gunners are understood to have shelled out over £35 million to bring Mustafi to the Emirates Stadium from Valencia.

“I think we’ve done good deals,” said Fernandez. “Umtiti in the current market would be worth a lot more.

“The Premier League ended up paying 40 million euros for Mustafi, for example.”