Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out a move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi - describing the reported €250m fee as "absurd".
The reigning European champions have recently been linked with Messi, who is reportedly unsettled at the Camp Nou, according to Punto Pelota journalist François Gallardo.
However, Rummenigge insists that Bayern Munich are not tempted to trigger the Argentina international's huge release clause.
"Messi? We are talking about figures here that are simply absurd, a transfer fee that is even higher than what we spent on Javi Martinez. We won't go there," Rummenigge told Sky90.
The former West Germany international went on to urge Messi to stay at Barcelona, the club he joined as a 13-year-old in 2000.
Rummenigge added: "Plus I know Sandro Rosell. Barcelona would never sell Messi. He is a saint at Barcelona and they will not sell him.
"And I think it would be in Messi's best interest to stay at Barcelona. He fits in perfectly there."
The 26-year-old, who is in contention to win a fifth consecutive Ballon d'Or award, is currently out of action after suffering a hamstring tear.
Barcelona, though, have coped well without their star player so far - recording a convincing 4-0 win over Granada at the weekend.
Messi is expected to return to action by mid-January.
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