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Koeman Not seeing Messi leaving Barcelona anytime soon

Ronald Koeman remains convinced that Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona and has refused to be drawn into a debate regarding the Argentine’s future.

Speculation continues to suggest that a talismanic figure could leave Camp Nou in 2021, but his current coach is reluctant to be drawn on the subject

Asked whether he sees the mercurial South American leaving Barca, Koeman told reporters: “No, and I won't say any more about this.”

Having grown disillusioned with life at Camp Nou and the direction in which Barca were heading on and off the field, Messi aired his desire to move on during the last window.

Barca moved quickly to block his path, with the 33-year-old informed that he would not be freed from his current deal.

Messi accepted his fate and revealed in an exclusive interview with Goal that he will be staying put until 2021.

Talks can be held with interested parties from January, with the likes of Manchester City said to still be sniffing around.

Barca will not be throwing in the towel and accepting their fate, with the hope being that a one-club man can be convinced to extend his association with La Liga giants.

Koeman has been given no indication that an all-time great is still edging his way towards the exits, with the Dutchman expecting Messi to remain part of his plans for the foreseeable future.

While Barca are understandably reluctant to discuss the prospect of their club captain jumping ship, that outcome remains a distinct possibility.

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