Neymar said it is time for Barcelona to get to work on Lionel Messi’s contract amid uncertainty over the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future at Camp Nou.
Messi is out of contract in 2018 and the 29-year-old is yet to sign fresh terms, having reportedly turned down an offer between €30million and €35m annually from the LaLiga champions.
Barca vice-president Jordi Mestre claims a bumper extension remains on course and Neymar has urged the club’s hierarchy to get the deal done.
“I have been here with Leo for four years, and I am learning every day: how to strike the ball, how to be alert during matches… Messi is from another planet,” Neymar – who has already signed a new contract along with Luis Suarez – told beIN Sports.
“He is an idol and a friend with whom I have the luck to train every day.
“I hope that he renews, and that the people at Barca get to work so Leo can continue with us.”