Messi will never be sold according to Barcelona club president

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Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has made it perfectly clear that Lionel Messi will never be sold by the Catalan giants unless the player wishes to leave the club in search of new challenges and that the star man will be the centrepiece of a new era under new manager Luis Enrique, according to the Marca.

Messi has only ever known one club after graduating through the youth ranks at Barcelona eventually making his senior debut in 2004 as a 17-year old.


During an extraordinary career to date with the Catalan giants, Messi has scored an incredible 243 goals in 277 appearances prompting Bartomeu to remind the world that there might be a change of personnel at the Camp Nou this season however this does not involve Lionel Messi.


The president has described the player as: "unsellable" and that he will: "lead" the clubs rebuilt squad, suggesting that the Argentine superstar might very well be taking over the reigns as captain following the successful 10-year reign of Carles Puyol, during which he won six League titles, two Spanish Cups, six Spanish Super Cups, three UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA World Club Cups, an incredible run of success that seems impossible to match.

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Bartomeu went on to say: "As far as I'm concerned Messi doesn't want to leave. We gave him a new contract not long ago and he's very happy"

It is thought PSG were preparing to test the resolve of the Catalan club by offering the player an incredible €30 million a year however it appears that will never be sufficient.


Speculation surrounding the future of another Barcelona stalwart, Xavi, continues to rage on after agents representing the 36-year have apparently already agreed a deal for the play-maker to finish his career in Qatar.

Barca officials have reportedly stressed that he still has a future at the club however they will not stand in his way if he wants one final challenge after almost a full career of service.
"Xavi has earned the right to decide what he wants to do and we'll respect it. He'll come back to the club one day because he has the makings of a great coach".

New signings

New acquisitions during the summer transfer window will come according to the president with the most high profile appearing to be Luis Suarez from Liverpool, however they will only: "sign players who fit in with our philosophy", Bartomeu said.

He went on to stress that the club: "already got Messi, Neymar and Iniesta, the best players in the world" and that although deals are being done by officials: "I can't tell you who will be coming in, but talks are ongoing."

One of the greatest ever

Speaking about his vision going forward: "I want to transform Barça and make the club more effective on all fronts - at board level, financially and in sporting terms."

"It's been an up-and-down year, with tragic news and a lot of unexpected and unfair setbacks on the pitch. But the fact that Barça have been able to get through an extraordinary year like this one is proof of the club's maturity. It's made us stronger", Bartomeu noted.

He also acknowledged that last season simply wasn't at the sort of level that is expected from the club: "Competing for the big trophies and only winning the Spanish Super Cup and the 'Copa Catalunya' isn't good enough for this club".

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