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Lionel Messi won't be heading to the Premier League anytime soon

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Lionel Messi's future has been the subject of much speculation again over the last week.

An interview with Guillem Balague for Yahoo has set the cat amongst the pigeons because of Messi's choice of words during the line of questioning.

Balague's straight-forward question to Barca's number ten asked if he was happy in Barcelona.

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Messi replied that he was, as were his family, but that you don't know what's around the corner.

A fairly routine, stock answer to such a question, but one that has sent sports reporters everywhere into meltdown.

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Because there wasn't an unequivocal "I'm staying here for the rest of my career" type comeback, it appears that this has been taken to mean that Messi is open to offers.

Chelsea and Manchester City have already been installed as favourites for his signature should he decide to try his luck in the Premier League, but there's just one small problem.

Staying put

He isn't going anywhere.

How many more times does the Argentine have to spell it out? On numerous occasions in the past, Messi has categorically noted that he doesn't want to leave Barcelona. He will, at the end of his career spend a short time at his first club, Newell's Old Boys, in Argentina. But that's it.

The mischievous reports linking him elsewhere are just that.

Barcelona were the only club to stick their necks out and pay for the expensive hormone treatment that Messi required as a youngster in order for him to be able to play football.

Messi has said that nothing he does in football could ever repay that debt and is why he only ever sees himself in Blaugrana at the height of his powers.

Ludicrous

Although the sponsorship of the club by Qatar Airways doesn't sit well with club members, the ludicrous amount that is pumped into the club by them each year allows Barcelona to pay Messi whatever is needed to keep him from the clutches of others.

Furthermore, there is no desire on the player's part to move to England. If the Champions League has shown us anything at all it is, despite protestations to the contrary, the English Premier League isn't a patch on its European counterparts.

Whether it be Bundesliga, Serie A or La Liga, the best that England have to offer isn't much.

Laughable

Why, therefore, would Messi want to leave the comfort of a club where he is well loved, and a country with a culture and temperature he enjoys too?

The suggestion he still has something to prove in a supposed 'tougher' league is laughable. By the end of his career he will be far and away the leading goalscorer in the Champions League.

That's surely more of a barometer of his skill set and potency than the English top flight.

Throw as many pound signs as you want in his direction, it will make no difference.

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