Barcelona midfielder Xavi has told Manchester City that they are wasting their time in trying to prise Lionel Messi away from the Camp Nou.
Reports in Spain suggested Manchester City were planning to offer Barcelona 200million euros in order to try and tempt the Catalan giants into selling the forward.
Manchester City would be one of a handful of sides who could afford to sign Messi, as the buying club would have to smash the world transfer record currently set by Gareth Bales's £85million move to Real Madrid.
However Barcelona veteran Xavi has played down any talk of Messi leaving the club at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old, who could feature against Manchester City in the Champions League tonight, laughed off suggestions Messi will leave the Catalan giants in the foreseeable future.
Speaking to Goal, Xavi said on his teammate: “Of course there will always be stories about the best player in the world and in my opinion the best player ever - but Manchester City and any other team can forget about signing Messi.
“There is no transfer fee that could make it a good deal for Barcelona - and as everybody who knows him knows - he loves the club and has made it clear he never wants to leave.”
Xavi will be hoping his side can secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League by holding onto their 2-0 lead.