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Messi confident of starting berth

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Lionel Messi does not believe his place in the Barcelona starting line-up is under threat despite missing the club´s pre-season tours of Scotland and Asia.

The Argentina international represented his country at the Copa America over the summer and was given extended leave by Barca coach Frank Rijkaard in order to recover from the tournament and in his absence rising stars Giovani Dos Santos and Bojan Krkic have proved themselves with some highly impressive performances.

Yet Messi does not believe he will lose his place come the start of the season telling the club´s official website, www.fcbarcelona.com: "I am relaxed in that sense. It is the boss who will decide who plays. We need to think about the group, about the team, and it doesn´t matter who plays or gets left out."

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