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Report: Barcelona president Bartomeu denies Messi speculation

Josep Maria Bartomeu has rejected rumours claiming that the Argentine wants to leave Camp Nou.

Barcelona chief Josep Maria Bartomeu has tried to quieten speculation that star Lionel Messi is unsettled in an interview with beIN Sports. 

Messi’s future has been a source of real contention of late, with ESPN suggesting that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner was unhappy at Barcelona and the Mirror claiming that English clubs were lining up multi-million pound bids to try and tempt him to the Premier League.

The Argentina international was recently left out of the Catalan starting XI for the shock 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, with rumours suggesting that the star player had fallen out with manager Luis Enrique.

Messi has since claimed that the rumours were all ‘lies’ and that he is happy at Camp Nou, and club president Bartomeu has backed up these comments.

"You can see Messi's happiness out on the pitch. You can see it in the level of his performance at the moment, in his smile; we are calm because Leo is good," Bartomeu told beIN Sports.

"There's no bad relationship in the Blaugrana dressing room at all. There are always things going on in a team, but the relationship is good and there's a good atmosphere. I see them first hand and there is great unity.”

Messi was beaten to the Ballon d’Or award earlier this week by personal rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Argentine scored one goal and provided an assist in Barca’s most recent victory, a 3-1 win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday night.

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