Man City transfers: Lionel Messi wants to stay with Barca ‘for good’
Man City transfers: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi rules out leaving the La Liga champions amid interest from the Citizens
Lionel Messi has reiterated his intention to stay with Barcelona “for good” amid reported interest from Manchester City.
The Argentina international is currently sidelined for six to eight weeks with a hamstring injury which has been troubling the Barcelona star during the early stages of the La Liga campaign.
Messi, who scored 46 top-flight goals last season, was reported to be unhappy with the Spanish champions after the forward was forced to play through injuries at the Catalan side.
While the 26-year-old South American admitted he was flattered by the speculation, Messi committed his long-term future to Barcelona.
“My intention is to stay with Barcelona for good,” Messi is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
“I am grateful if what they say is true and there are people interested. It makes you proud that they say such things. But my life is with Barcelona.”
Messi, who is a four-time Fifa Ballon d’Or winner, heaped praise on his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward’s hat-trick in a 3-2 win against Sweden on Tuesday.
“I don’t know if Cristiano Ronaldo is at his peak but he is always there scoring goals in all the games and taking part in his club and national side,” Messi added.