Liga - Jorge Messi: Lionel is staying at Barca

Lionel Messi’s father Jorge has insisted that his son will not be leaving Barcelona, claiming that the forward is happy at Camp Nou.

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi (PA Photos)

The Argentina international was critical of vice-president Javier Faus during the week but Messi's father, Jorge, has been quick to refute rumours that his son may be set to leave Barcelona.

“I think that we need to close this chapter right now,” Jorge Messi told Diario Ole.

“The press shouldn't see anything else other than a direct response from Leo to Senor Faus' comments.

“What's done is done. We need to look forward, not backwards. When Leo says something it always creates a lot of headlines.

“We don't want him to generate any conflict with Barcelona, and least of all the Barcelona fans, to whom Leo, as a club professional, owes everything.

Leo was brought up by the club and he loves the club. His commitment towards Barcelona and the fans goes further than what anyone could think.

“No-one can deny that Leo is at Barcelona because of the love and feelings he has for that club.”

Messi senior also responded to rumours that there is conflict inside Barcelona between the player and the board.

“Not at all. In the last few months president Sandro Rosell has offered us his constant and total support, and we are grateful to him for what he has done, and given the significance that Barcelona has, we could need that at any time.

“This support is a demonstration of the feeling the club has for Leo. The club's objectives are our objectives, which are to win as many trophies as possible for the club we all represent.”

Asked if a potential new contract had anything to do with his remarks, Jorge insisted: “Absolutely not, a new or improved contract has nothing to do with this.

“We are not trying to create any tension over this issue. If the club calls us, we will sit down with the directors.

“And with regards to Leo's future at Barcelona, the Barcelona fans should know that his future is tied to the future of this club.”

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