Luis Suarez will become the next Barcelona star to sign a new contract, according to president Josep Bartomeu. “Suarez is going to renew [his contract] now. It’s already done,” Bartomeu told Radio Vision.
“There are only a few small details outstanding. In the coming days or weeks, we will announce it.
“Maybe, why not, as a big Christmas present. Not for Luis, who already knows that he is going to continue here, but for football fans. For them, he is a very important character who forms part of this spectacular front three that we have at the club.
“We want [his contract] to be even longer, but for the moment he will sign until 2022. You have to adapt to the rules, which have a maximum contract length.
“We want Luis Suarez to be at this club for many years. And when he retires, he will always be welcome at Barcelona.”
The Uruguayan’s six-year deal comes less than two months after his forward partner, Neymar committed himself remain at the club until 2021.
Javier Mascherano and Ivan Rakitic have also recently penned fresh terms, with Lionel Messi expected to follow suit.
Suarez, who arrived from Liverpool in a deal worth around £65 million two years ago, turns 30 in January and Bartomeu hopes to the player sees out his career at Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, former Croatia skipper, Srna, has been heavily linked with a potential move to the Camp Nou and the head coach of the Ukrainian side has now confirmed Barca’s interest.
Fonseca speaking said via Mundo Deportivo ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash against Sporting Braga, said:
“I know of the interest. It is not for me to make this decision.We know the importance of Srna on our team and we also know of his importance to the club.
“[Srna] has spent many years with us. I sincerely hope he doesn’t go.”
Srna has made 12 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League this season, scoring once as Shakhtar top the table following 17 fixtures.