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Agence France-Presse

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MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said they are not worried about Lionel Messi’s future despite the possibility of leaving at the end of the season.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner signed a new four-year deal with Barca in 2017, but Bartomeu said he is free to end his contract beforehand.

“Leo Messi has a contract through to the 2020-21 season, but the player is able to leave Barca before the final season,” Bartomeu told Barcelona’s in-house television channel.

“It’s the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. They are players who deserve that liberty, and we shouldn’t worry, as they are very committed to Barca.

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