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Jordi Alba: Lionel Messi is ‘100 percent’ committed to Barcelona

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‘With him, we’re better and stronger and I hope he stays’

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Jordi Alba says Lionel Messi is “100 percent” committed to Barcelona ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou.

Messi’s future remains the subject of speculation with the captain out of contract in the summer and yet to confirm what he plans to do next.

Alba was asked about Messi in Monday’s pre-match press conference and is hopeful he will stay at the Camp Nou.

“Even if I had my future clear in my mind, I wouldn’t reveal my plans yet,” he said.

“For now, he is 100 percent committed to Barcelona. With him, we’re better and stronger and I hope he stays here for many more years. But, it’s his decision and that needs to be respected.

“Right now, he is focused on Barcelona. You can see that in every match. He’ll decide at the end of the season. We don’t pay attention to what other players or clubs are saying right now. Many people talk, but he’ll have the final word and he’ll have thought long and hard about his decision. He’ll do what he thinks is best.”

Messi has been linked with a transfer to PSG which would see him link up once again with Neymar. The Brazilian admitted earlier this season that he would love to play with his old team-mate again.

The Argentine is not expected to make a decision on his future until the end of the season, and recent speculation has suggested he’s fed up with the PSG rumors and wants to distance himself from such transfer talk.