Messi, who has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City, will be able to discuss a free-transfer switch to a foreign club when the January transfer window opens although Farre is convinced that he wants to stay.
The 33-year-old’s current deal at Camp Nou ends in 2021.
Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farre has claimed that Lionel Messi wants to stay at the club and that, should he win the elections, the Argentine will sign a new contract.
He told Onda Cero: “Messi wants to stay at Barca. That’s what I know. His family wants to stay at Barcelona and we’re going to work for it.”
“I would go as far to say that if we win the elections, Messi will renew his deal. His renewal would be incurred automatically on January 25 if I win the elections the day previous.”