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Barcelona relaxed over reports of Messi departure

Barcelona have dismissed speculation regarding Lionel Messi's future and expect him to remain at the club. The Catalans maintain that the 27-year-old, who has passed 400 career goals, is going nowhere and that there is every chance he will see out his playing days with the La Liga heavyweights.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: "The window is now closed and nobody is talking about new signings any more.

"The possibility of Messi moving keeps coming up, but we haven't considered it.

"He's very happy here and we'll have Messi for many years. I hope he'll retire at our club."

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