Barca chief: Messi close to signing new deal

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is only a “few weeks” away from signing a new contract at the club, according to vice president Jordi Mestre.

Reports emerged last week that the Argentine turned down a lucrative new deal to extend his stay at the Catalans, further fueling speculation that he may move on when his contract expires in 2018.

However, Mestre insists there are no problems and that talks with the player regarding a new deal are going smoothly.

"The truth is everything looks good," Mestre told TV3 when asked about whether Messi is on track to sign a new deal.

"Everything will end up well. If they're saying there are problems [with the talks] in Madrid, then I'm delighted to be able to contradict them.

"Lionel Messi's contract renewal is on track. I'd say we've hit the final straight and in a few weeks there will be news. I cannot give an exact date, but it won't be long."