Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says they’re willing to break contract records to keep Lionel Messi at the club.

Bartomeu’s No2 Jordi Mestre revealed this week that talks over a new deal with Messi had yet to commence.

The president says, however, Messi can be assured that they won’t hold back over terms offered.

Bartomeu argued: “Leo Messi is the best player in football history and we want him to stay with us.

“There will be a renegotiation, but even if I do not want to talk about numbers, if this is the best player in the world, it is logical that he be so from all points of view.”