Barcelona reassure Lionel Messi over future

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Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has contacted Lionel Messi to reassure him over his future at the Nou Camp, reports El Mundo Deportivo.

Messi has seen his stature within the game suffer its first decline after a series of injury problems have prevented him from reaching top form in 2013.

Many have taken advantage of this discontent by suggesting that Barcelona will look to move Messi out of the Nou Camp, cashing in on his services and allowing new signing Neymar to take centre stage.

La Liga expert Graham Hunter told talkSPORT that Rosell wants to see Neymar, who he brought to the club, surpass Messi for the sake of his own personal reputation and is hoping to cash in on the Argentine international.

But the Barcelona president personally called Messi and his father, Jorge Messi, to reassure the 26-year-old that the club have no plans to let him go any time soon.

It seems obvious that a club wouldn't want to sell the four-time Ballon d'Or winner but incessant rumours regarding Messi's future was starting to concern the club & Rosell wanted it made crystal clear.

Messi is still recovering from a serious hamstring injury sustained in early November. That injury followed a series of other knocks that have limited him to 11 games in La Liga this season.

He is expected to return in January.

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