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Rakitic: I can't say 100% Messi staying with Barcelona

Rakitic: I can't say 100% Messi staying with Barcelona

Barcelona management tried very much to sign new contract with Messi but eventually Messi informed Barcelona management that he wants to leave in mid season and want to transfer to Premier League.

If Messi doesn't sign the deal, he will be free to negotiate with other clubs from January. We haven't spoke about it, but we're confidence [he will stay]'.

La Liga's president Javier Tebas claimed earlier this month a contract has now been signed, although questions remain over whether that is the case.

However, Ivan Rakitic cast some doubt over the reports saying he wasn't "100 per cent if [Messi] will stay or not" in a press conference.

"Leo's part of the badge". That's his decision and you have to respect what each person thinks or does.

Chelsea though would be highly reluctant to let go of their most important and creative player.

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The Croat continued that he and fans alike hope to see "the picture, the handshake" of Messi officially penning new terms at the Camp Nou, having already spent close to 17 years at the club. I want to play with Leo tomorrow, three years, five years in the future.

"We want to have him with us". We really enjoy it. I also read that and was told that everything was fine.

Messi's future has been the matter for much debate ever since the terms of his new contract were agreed nearly five months ago.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu says it's just a matter of "protocol" and finding the right moment to sit down with Messi to have the contract signed and the photograph taken.

The club then said they would offer him a contract for life in October similar to that signed around the same time by Andres Iniesta.

December is nearly here and despite the posturing of Barcelona's board, Lionel Messi still hasn't put pen to paper on a new deal and, as it stands, is out of contract next June.


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