Barcelona reiterate stance regarding Lionel Messi's future

Barcelona have reiterated that Chelsea-linked superstar Lionel Messi will not be sold this season, or any time in the foreseeable future.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has reiterated to RAC1 that Lionel Messi is going nowhere.

There was a time not all that long ago when talk of the mercurial Argentine leaving Camp Nou would have unimaginable.

He has, however, seen his future called into question on a regular basis over recent months, with the Daily Mirror suggesting that a move to the Premier League could be on the cards.

They have the former World Player of the Year as a top target for Chelsea, with the Blues one of few sides that could find the finances to make such a move happen.

Barcelona have, however, repeatedly denied that they have any intention of sanctioning a record-breaking sale.

Bartomeu says there is no chance of that stance being relaxed during the current transfer window, or any of those which will open in the years to come.

He told RAC1: “Messi will continue here this season, next season and the one after that.

“He has a contract and is happy, so I’ll refer you to his words. We have no intention of selling Leo because we are very happy with him.”

Messi only agreed fresh terms with Barcelona in May 2014.

He agreed to an extended stay with the Catalan giants prior to heading off on international duty, when he would help to guide Argentina to the World Cup final.

The 27-year-old has been in impressive domestic form again this season, with the disappointment of missing out to Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the battle for the Ballon d’Or put firmly behind him.

Barca will hope that he can maintain his high standards through to the end of the campaign and bring an end to the unwelcome reports of an imminent exit being made.

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