Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain? No way, say Barcelona

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has said four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi is not leaving the club and wants to end his career at Camp Nou.

updated: February 02, 2014 13:48 IST
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Barcelona's newly-appointed president Josep Maria Bartomeu has rubbished reports that their star striker Lionel Messi will leave Camp Nou at the end of the season for a possible tie-up with French league giants Paris Saint-Germain. "Lionel Messi is so happy here that I doubt he wants to leave Barcelona. He is a player that was practically born here because he arrived when he was just 13 and I have always heard him say that he wants to finish his career here," Bartomeu said. (Read more)

Bartomeu has also revealed that the club is planning to discuss a new contract with the Argentine. "The club will sit down and negotiate a new contract. We will do what we have to, to ensure he's the best-paid player," the Barcelona president added. (Read full story here)

Messi's father and agent Jorge though called PSG's offer "an honour" but maintained that his son is going nowhere. "I have heard about those rumours and I don't know where it came from," Jorge Messi told L'Equipe.

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