Monday January 12th, 2015

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi said on Sunday that he is committed to the club and discredited reports of him calling for the job of manager Luis Enrique as "lies."

According to BBC, Messi dismissed the ongoing reports of friction between he and the club after a 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid.

"I have no intentions of leaving for any team, not Chelsea nor Manchester City," he said, per BBC.

"I'm tired of all the things that people have been saying. I didn't ask the club to fire anyone."

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Last week, a stir was created when Messi's Instagram account followed the account of English Premier League club Chelsea.

Reports had suggested that Messi was allegedly angry about not starting during Barcelona's recent loss to Real Sociedad.

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Messi has spent his entire career with Barcelona and is a four-time Ballon d'Or winner. In the win over Atletico, he set up goals for Neymar and Luis Suarez before scoring one of his own in the 87th minute.

With the victory, Barcelona lies one point behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid and three ahead of Atletico.

Mike Fiammetta

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