- Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at Barcelona despite row with club's sports director Eric Abidal
- The Argentine has been linked with various European powerhouses including the two Manchester clubs
- Barcelona are willing to tie Messi down with a lifetime deal but he will prefer a year-by-year contract
Lionel Messi has handed Barcelona a contract extension boost after admitting he is not leaving Camp Nou amid interest from top powerhouses in Europe including the two Manchester sides.
The Argentine's current contract with the Spanish champions ends in 2021 and Barcelona hierarchy has been all doing to ensure that their talisman commits himself to the club through a multi-year contract.
Messi has spent his entire football career with Catalans, winning 34 trophies among several awards including six Ballon d'Or gongs.
But of recent, the Argentine hitman seemed to be displeased with the situations of things in Camp Nou especially since the sacking of his former boss Ernesto Valverde.
Valverde was given the marching orders out by Barcelona on Tuesday night, January 14, bringing to a sudden halt his reign as the boss of the Spanish giants.
And since the arrival of the 61-year-old Spaniard, Barcelona's campaign run has been dealt with lack of consistency, with the Spanish champion managing to pick two victories in the last four encounters.
To make the matter worse, Barcelona's director of sports Eric Abidal recently sought the wrath the of the Argentine forward after playing a blame game on players over the sacking former manager Valverde.
Messi was angered by the Abidal's position and later went on Instagram to rant, with the furious Argentine hitman telling the former central defender to be specific in his naming in order not to say ''things which are not true.''
Although Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has reportedly waded into crisis, Messi's future with the Catalans after the row was left in uncertainty amid interest from clubs in Italy, England and France.
But according to an internal source, Messi is not willing to part ways with his Barcelona but will instead prefer a year-by-year contract.
Barcelona are second on the la Liga table behind their arch-rival Real Madrid, and risk lifting trophies this season should they fail to come to terms.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lionel Messi reportedly refused to take part in the traditional pre-match huddle between Barcelona and Valencia, suggesting that the Camp Nou outfits may be going through a series of internal crisis.
Valencia hosted the Spanish champion on January 25 at Mestalla Stadium but the encounter saw Barcelona suffer their first defeat under the new manager Quique Setien.
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