Messi camp denies Barcelona star gave interview claiming he doesn't want to leave

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The Argentine had been quoted by Coach magazine as saying he was keen to stay for as long as the Catalans wanted him but the interview proved to false

Lionel Messi's family have denied that the Barcelona star gave an interview to Coach magazine, in which he stressed that he does not want to leave the club.

The 29-year-old was quoted as stating that he wants to stay with the Spanish champions for "as long as they want me", according to a wide-ranging interview published this week.

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However, Messi's family have informed Goal that the interview is "totally false", denying that the Argentine had spoken to the publication.

Speculation persists over Messi's future at Camp Nou, with his contract expiring at the end of next season.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu stressed last week that he was not concerned about the prospect of Messi rejecting a new deal, although some reports in Spain have suggested that the Argentina international has become frustrated with the club's apparent unwillingness to open talks swiftly.

Sensitivity around the subject was highlighted last week, when Pere Gratacos was removed from his position as director of Institutional Relations just hours after suggesting that Messi would not be such a decisive player were it not for the strength of the team around him.

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Speaking ahead of Barca's Copa del Rey clash with Real Sociedad on Thursday, head coach Luis Enrique was unwilling to address the talk around Messi any further.

"I've spoken in an active and a passive way about renewals," he said.