The 33-year-old’s relationship with the club was strained this year and his future with the Catalans had been called into question with his contract next season.
Despite reports that Messi was looking for a potential outcome, Bartomeu remains confident that his man will remain in Barcelona for many more years.
“I’m not going to explain the details because we are focused on the competition and we negotiate with a lot of players, but Messi has explained to us that he wants to stay and so we will appreciate him even longer.”
His comments came after Barcelona defeated Villarreal 4-1 away on Sunday to keep their low hopes of a La Liga title low.
Signs of trouble
The Argentinian has seemed unstable at times this season and has repeatedly spoken out against the club.
Messi seemed to suggest that his teammates did not need to be invited by the club hierarchy to take the deduction.
“It never ceases to surprise us that within the club there are people who want to put us in a bad light and try to pressure us to do something that we have always been clear that we would do,” reads we in the press release.
The public quarrels were all the more surprising given Messi’s usual reluctance to express himself on his social media platforms.