Barcelona star comments on Messi to Chelsea speculation

Lionel Messi has been linked with a spectacular move to Chelsea.

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu has cast doubts over Lionel Messi’s future by not ruling out the possibility of his teammate plying his trade at Chelsea.

The Argentine superstar has hit the headlines in recent weeks as the Spanish press once again question his happiness at the Nou Camp following an indifferent start to the season.

The Catalan outfit started the season in fine fashion, but defeats to Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Celta Vigo in quick succession highlighted the club’s declining status as Europe’s leading team.

Matters have worsened as a result of Cristiano Ronaldo’s astonishing early-season form and the lengths Real Madrid appear to go to satisfy and build up the Portuguese winger.

Accordingly, Spanish publications have since begun to speculate on Messi's possible Nou Camp exit and a surprise switch to the Premier League with the Blues.

Former teammate Cesc Fabregas has enjoyed a new lease of life under Jose Mourinho in West London, therefore is it too far-fetched and absurd to suggest that Messi could follow suit?

Barca defender Mathieu evidently suggests not as he told the Spanish newspaper AS that he is unaware what the future holds for the four-time Ballon d’Or winner and fosters hopes that he remains in Barcelona.

“[Messi at Chelsea?] I don’t know. I hope that he finishes his career at Barcelona because he is a legendary player and he has always been here. I think that he will finish here," he said.

Messi has scored 17 goals in 17 appearances in all competitions this season and recently broke Raul’s 71-goal Champions League record with a hat trick in the 4-0 win over APOEL.

The 26-year-old has won trophy galore during his time at the Nou Camp, including a maximum six during the calendar year of 2009.

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