Barcelona rule out Messi exit amid PSG rumours

The Argentine attacker has been linked with a move to the French champions, but his current club are confident he will stay put
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has laughed off suggestions that Lionel Messi could leave the club for Paris Saint-Germain.

A number of recent reports from France claimed that PSG are preparing a world record €250 million offer for the prolific attacker.

However, the newly appointed Barca president is confident that Messi will not go anywhere in the foreseeable future.

"Paris Saint-Germain? Messi is so happy here that I doubt he wants to leave Barcelona," Bartomeu was quoted as saying by Marca.

"He is a player who was practically born here because he arrived when he was just 13 and I have always heard him say that he wants to finish his career here."

The 26-year-old attacker has a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2018, but he has a €250m exit clause in his existing deal.

Bartomeu recently suggested that the Argentine could soon be offered a new and improved deal that would make him the highest paid player in La Liga again.