Barcelona are reportedly ready to offer Lionel Messi a new deal which would keep him at the Nou Camp until the end of his career.
According to The Sun, Barca want to end speculation linking Messi with a move to the Premier League by agreeing a ‘mega new deal’.
However, Barca won’t open talks with Mthe Argentina international before they’ve agreed new deals with Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic.
The 29-year-old, who has just two years remaining on his current deal, reportedly attracted the interest of Chelsea and Man City this summer.
“The president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] has already said,” Fernandez explained. “This year there are a number of situations we need to solve.
“As was the case with Rafinha, Busquets, Neymar and Mascherano, people said we wouldn’t reach an agreement, but in the end there were no problems.
“I’m delighted that he’s [Messi] the No.1 in the world and that he’s with us. We will reach an agreement. I’m totally convinced.
“There’s no rush. This season we will reach an agreement. Like we did with Rafinha, Mascherano, Busi and Neymar.”
Messi has flown back to Barcelona from international duty after a groin problem ruled him out of Argentina’s next match against Venezuela.