Barca preparing for life without Messi

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club ’ s transfer activity is an indication they are preparing for life after Lionel Messi.

Barca last month confirmed the £ 65 m signing of 21 – year -old midfielder Frenkie de Jong from Ajax .

Messi , 31, has scored 581 goals in 664 games for Barcelona .

“I know one day Lionel will say he ’ s retiring, ” Bartomeu told the 5 live Football Daily Podcast ’ s Guillem Balague.

Messi still has another two years left on his current contract and Bartomeu said his retirement was “ a while away yet ”.

However , the 25- time La Liga champions are looking at signing players to take the club into a new era to ensure their continued success.

“ We have to prepare the club for the future , ” added Bartomeu , who is due to step down as president in 2021.

“ We are bringing great young players to the team because we need to continue this era of success. That’ s our responsibility .

“ My mandate will be finished in two seasons . So I need to leave the club in a great position and tell the new president ‘ that’ s our legacy’ . ”

In 2017 , Messi said he had moved closer to his “ dream ” of “ finishing my career at home ” after signing a new Barca deal , with the buyout clause raised to € 700 m .

He has won nine La Liga titles with Barcelona as well as four Champions League titles and six Copa del Reys .

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