Messi not for sale – Barca president


Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is not for sale and the club plan to discuss a new contract with the Argentine, says President Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Four-time Ballon d’Or winner, Messi, 26, is reported to be a target for French side Paris St-Germain.

In an interview with radio station RAC1, posted on Barcelona’s website,  Bartomeu said: “The club will sit down and negotiate a new contract.

“We will do what we have to, to ensure he’s the best-paid player.”

Messi scored 60 goals in 50 appearances last season, but has struggled to match that goalscoring form in 2013-14.

He has scored 18 goals so far but just eight of those have been in the league – with his last coming in September, before he was out for five weeks with a hamstring injury.

However, Messi has provided 36 assists in 20 appearances and Barca coach Gerardo Martino said: “He is a footballer that can do everything. If he succeeds in other facets of his game, it doesn’t matter if he scores.

“Nothing surprises me with him. He controls the game well, passes the ball well, he is a good finisher, he can press and recover the ball.

“He sees passes that most people can only see whilst watching the game on TV or in the stands, not ones that you can normally see on the field.


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