Barcelona remain confident of keeping Lionel Messi at the club, despite the fact that talks have not begun over a new deal.
Last week, Luis Suarez became the latest player to sign a new contract with the La Liga champions, extending his stay at the Camp Nou until 2021.
In the recent past, Sergio Busquets, Neymar and Javier Mascherano have all committed their futures to Barca. But the fans are most desperate to see Messi sign a new deal.
The Argentine’s current contract runs out in 2018.
“We haven’t started negotiations for Messi’s renewal,” the club’s vice-president, Jordi Mestre, told Movistar after Barca’s 4-1 win against Espanyol.
“But after those of Neymar and Luis Suarez, we hope to finalise it in the first trimester of the year”, he added.