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Lionel Messi will stay where he is despite stalling on new deal, says Man City chief: 'Naturally we think he will finish his playing career in Barcelona'

June 15, 2017 12:25 PM
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Lionel Messi is unlikely to leave Barcelona in the near future despite his ongoing contract situation, according to the CEO of Manchester City.

Messi, 29, faces a slightly uncertain future at the Nou Camp, as his contact runs out at the end of next season and he is yet to sign an extension.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano has no doubt Messi will remain a Barcelona player in the near future, however, and played down his chances of coming to Manchester.

He told Chinese news agency Xinhua when asked about Messi joining City: 'No. I don't think so. I know Messi very well. He and his family are my good friends.

'I think he has settled in Barcelona, and he has been in Barcelona all his life. Naturally we think he will finish his playing career in Barcelona.

Soriano worked for Barcelona between 2003 and 2008, during which time Messi emerged as one of the world's best players.

Messi has long been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium, ever since City became one of the world's wealthiest clubs.

Soriano, who joined Manchester City in 2012, also said the club are interested in establishing a satellite team in China, similar to New York City FC and Melbourne City.


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