Lionel Messi doubts Barcelona could tempt Gareth Bale from Tottenham

Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi believes that it would be "difficult" for Barcelona to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham this summer

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Lionel Messi has scored 40 La Liga goals so far this term Photo: FC Barcelona

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Lionel Messi believes that it would be “very difficult” for Barcelona to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham this summer.

Bale, 23, has been one of the Premier League’s top performers this season, scoring nine goals in his last seven appearances for Spurs, including the opener in the 2-1 win over Arsenal last Sunday.

The Wales international’s stellar displays have inevitably triggered speculation linking him with a summer move away from White Hart Lane.

Wayne Rooney is another Premier League star to have become the subject of reports suggesting he could be on his way out of the English top flight after he was dropped to the bench for Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid on Tuesday.

But although Barcelona star Messi admits that he would love to play alongside Bale and Rooney, he does not think either are likely to leave their current employers.

“They [Bale and Rooney] are both great players,” said Messi, speaking at the launch of ‘Team Messi’, a new collection of adidas football boots.

“You always want to play with the best players in the world, but I think it’ll be very difficult for them to sign for Barça. They are at great teams.”

Messi also revealed that he had watched Real Madrid book their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.

He added: “I saw Madrid last night and they showed how strong they are. They knocked us out of the Copa del Rey and now they are in the quarter finals of the Champions League. They are candidates to win the Champions League.”

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