There are plenty of other things which Barcelona have to concentrate on but making sure their star man continues his career at the Cam Nou is paramount.
"He [Messi] is a key player for us," Abidal told Sport. "And has the option of leaving at the end of his current deal.
"But I know the president is talking to his representatives to ensure the contract is closed once and for all.
"I hope he stays for many years, and I think that will be the case. It will be Leo's decision. And as he says, Barcelona first and foremost. He is the best."