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Josep Maria Bartomeu says Lionel Messi is not feeling alone at Barcelona

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The president has offered his thoughts on the captain

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has been talking about captain Lionel Messi and has denied suggestions he’s feeling alone at the Camp Nou.

Messi clashed with sporting director Eric Abidal recently which fuelled speculation he’s not altogether happy at the club and is feeling isolated.

Reports have also claimed Messi’s contract allows him to leave for free at the end of the season, but Bartomeu says the GOAT is not going anywhere.

“Messi is the best player in the world. There’s no need to explain anything — I have done so many times in the past.

“Messi will continue at Barca and Messi will retire at Barca. I don’t have the belief that he’s feeling alone. I know many people have said that, but I don’t think it’s the case.”

Source | ESPN

Messi is also believed to be playing through a thigh injury this season but still tops the charts for goals and assists in La Liga despite missing the start of the campaign.