Balague has £600,000-a-week Messi message for Chelsea boss Abramovic

Chelsea target Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona beyond the end of the season when his current contract expires, according to Guillem Balague.

Messi hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the summer after it was revealed they he had handed in a transfer request to leave the club after the Spaniards failed to pick up any silverware by the end of the season.

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been credited with moves for the player, as they are the only three clubs in the Premier League that can even come close to paying his sky high wages.

However, despite all the talks that he was leaving the club, ultimately he opened up and revealed that he would see out his current deal which ends in 2021 as he did not want to take Barcelona through the courts in order to get a move away from the club.

But there is still talk that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season, with the Premier League his preferred destination, Balague says there is time for the Argentine to pen a new deal at Camp Nou and firmly believes that he will be staying at the Camp Nou.

Balague told FourFourTwo: “He’s had to put what happened over the summer to the back of his mind. He will have time to decide about his future after the elections, but I am convinced that if they go the way Messi wants, with a new board and a clear project, he will stay. I am convinced he will stay.

Look, losing Messi would be an absolute blow to Barcelona and they surely simply cannot let him leave the club at the end of the season, he is that important to the side. But if he did come to the Premier League, it will be very interesting to see just who he decides to join.

Chelsea, United and City all have the money to get a deal done, so as we said, it will be interesting to see just what happens.

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