Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will sign new deals, says Barcelona sporting director

Barcelona hope Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will extend their contracts
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Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez is confident Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will sign contract extensions.

Messi's current contract expires in 2018, having last signed an extension in the summer of 2014, while Iniesta's deal also runs out at the end of next season.

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"[Messi] will renew, as I've always said," Fernandez told Cadena Ser. "He is happy in Barcelona, he feels comfortable in the team and the environment is perfect.

"I don't have any doubt [that he'll sign a new deal]. Looking into his eyes I see that he is happy at Barcelona. I don't want to speak too much, though, as I know that there are many repercussions with this topic.

"[Iniesta] will also renew and he'll do it in his own time. I have no doubt that he'll renew and neither does he."

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Fernandez also addressed speculation regarding Barca's search for a replacement for outgoing boss Luis Enrique, who will leave the club at the end of the season.

The club's sporting director ruled out a move for Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri, saying: "It is not true that [Allegri] is coming."

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Luis Enrique's assistant Juan Carlos Unzue and Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde are also both contenders for the role.

Fernandez added: " [Unzue] is someone who knows the club really well, including the system and the players, so he is prepared.

"Valverde has had several good seasons, not just at Athletic Club."

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