Ivan Rakitic Hopeful Lionel Messi Stays At Barcelona

Ernesto Valverde insists Barcelona are "open" to signing new players during the upcoming January transfer window but the Spanish boss adds that his only target at the moment is to claim a victory when the Catalans take on Juventus on Wednesday night (22 November). The magician has carried the club on his shoulders for nearly a decade now.

"The only thing we can say as team-mates is we want him to stay".

The Argentine's future is still undecided, with his current deal expiring in June 2018.

Messi is still odds on to remain at Barcelona but the tense political climate there and delay in the contract being signed gives City perhaps their last glimmer of hope of bringing the world's greatest footballer to the Etihad.

"Messi is a part of our club's badge and I am confident he will stay".

"What I can say is that we're a very united group and determined to do well".

"Of course, we have to be aware of (Lionel) Messi who is an exceptional player". Both, Barca and La Liga Presidents have confirmed the renewal. "I want to be playing with Leo for another three, four or five years". He has all our support and we enjoy being with him.

Barcelona are the form team right now with Juventus not firing on all cylinders yet this season. His 12 goals have helped Barca to comfortably sit at the top of the league. They're coming off six wins in their last seven in all competitions and can lock down first place in the group with a win.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi will start Wednesday's Champions League Group D clash against Juventus from the bench.



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