Lionel Messi responds to £100m Manchester City transfer link

Lionel Messi insists he will stay at Barcelona ‘for as long as they want me to be’ amid reports suggesting that the Spanish club are in talks over a £100 million deal with Manchester City.

Earlier this week, reports claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side had held positive talks with Barca over a proposed deal for the Argentina international.

The 29-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer of 2018, while his future at Camp Nou was in doubt last week after Barca’s director Oscar Grau claimed that the club were unable to meet the forward’s demands.

But now Messi insists that he is willing to extend his stay at Barca.

‘I have always said that Barcelona has given me everything and I am here for as long as they want me to be,’ the Argentine told Coach magazine.

City suffered a 4-0 defeat to Everton on Sunday which has left the club fifth in the Premier League and 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

But Messi is confident Pep Guardiola can turn things around at the Etihad Stadium.

‘It is a very competitive league, last season showed that, so it makes it very difficult to predict,’ said Messi.

‘Of course Pep is a very successful coach, he will be adjusting to the league, but I am sure that he will be successful.’

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