Barcelona: Lionel Messi won't leave amid PSG rumors

Stefan Coerts
Barcelona: Lionel Messi won't leave amid PSG rumors

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has laughed off suggestions that Lionel Messi could leave the club for Paris Saint-Germain.

A number of recent reports from France claimed that PSG is preparing a world-record 250 million euro offer for the prolific attacker.

However, the newly appointed Barca president is confident that Messi will not go anywhere in the foreseeable future.

"Paris Saint-Germain? Messi is so happy here that I doubt he wants to leave Barcelona," Bartomeu was quoted as saying by Marca. "He is a player who 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."

The 26-year-old attacker has a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2018, but he has a 250 million euro exit clause in his existing deal.

Bartomeu recently suggested that the Argentine could soon be offered a new and improved deal that would make him the highest paid player in La Liga again.