Lionel Messi has ruled out a sensational move to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, by affirming that he wants to spend the rest of his life with Barcelona.
According to the Manchester Evening News the four-time Ballon d'OR winner has no intention of ever leaving the Nou Camp and is more than happy to see out his career with the Catalan giants.
This comes off the back of shocking speculation that suggested Messi might be the subject of a world-record smashing €250million bid from one of three Adidas-backed clubs- namely Chelsea, Bayern and Madrid.
Other clubs such as Manchester City were also said to be sniffing around at the prospect of making a seemingly impossible deal a reality, but now the Argentina maestro has refuted the claims once and for all.
"My intention is to stay with Barcelona for good," Messi told Spanish publication Marca.
"I am grateful if what they say is true and there are people interested. It makes you proud that they say such things. But my life is with Barcelona."
The news is unlikely to come as a surprise to any of the potential suitors as the Barcelona star had never offered any sort of hope that he was looking for a move away.
Nevertheless the news is unlikely to stop the big boys from trying to flex their incredible financial muscle in a bid to activate Messi's release clause and then try to negotiate a mega-contract.