Barcelona star Lionel Messi is confident they can handle the departure of coach Pep Guardiola.

Messi says Tito Vilanova will prove the ideal successor.

"I am more than happy at Barcelona and I never thought about switching clubs," he told Expansion. "I am not leaving.

"We will overcome Guardiola's exit and we hope that everything will continue to be the same with Tito, who has the same philosophy and mentality.

"Guardiola and Tito did everything together during these years and I do not think that our everyday work will change much.

"Tito's personality is obviously different, but we will adapt to it and we hope that the results will be similar."