Lionel Messi unsure of future with Barcelona
Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi said he is unsure of his future with Barcelona, just one day after saying he was not trying to leave the club, Rob Harris of the Associated Press reports.
After Sunday's 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid, Messi refuted rumors that he wanted to leave the team after the season or wanted manager Luis Enrique to be fired, the BBC reported. His comments on Monday, however, were less emphatic about his future plans.
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Rumors began to swirl around Messi's future last week after he did not start in the club's loss against Real Sociedad. His Instagram account also followed the account of English Premier League club Chelsea, sparking rumors of a potential transfer.
He appeared to squash those rumors on Sunday.
"I have no intentions of leaving for any team, not Chelsea nor Manchester City," he said, the BBC reports. "I'm tired of all the things that people have been saying. I didn't ask the club to fire anyone.
"People make it out as if I run the club and that's not how it is. I don't ask anyone to make decisions. Everything that has been said is lies and I want people to know that. Everything that has been said is false."
Messi, who made his Barcelona debut in 2004, has played his entire career for the club.
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