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Sky Sports provide update on Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona rumours

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is not thinking about leaving the Catalan giants, despite a high-profile fallout with the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal, according to Sky Sports.

The Argentina intentional has spent the entirety of his career at Camp Nou and has become a club legend for his feats in Spain and in the Champions League.

However, a public row with Abidal erupted earlier this week after Messi hit back at the Barcelona chief’s criticism of some of the players.

This led to speculation that the South American, who can leave the Blaugrana for free this summer should he choose, could be thinking about an exit – Manchester City have been heavily linked with an approach.

However, Sky Sports suggests that Messi is open to talking about a contract extension to his current deal, which runs until 2021.

Barcelona are going through a tough time of it after replacing Ernesto Valverde with Quique Setien in the Camp Nou dugout last month.

The Catalan side have fallen behind Real Madrid in the La Liga standings over recent weeks, while they were also eliminated from the Copa Del Rey on Thursday night by Athletic Bilbao.

Messi is undoubtedly one of the best players to ever play the game and it will be interesting to see whether the Argentine becomes a one-club man and retires at Barcelona.

The 32-year-old has won an unprecedented six Ballon d’Ors in a sparkling career and is the poster boy for the Camp Nou faithful.

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