Lionel Messi: Inter Milan director Ausilio dismisses links with the Barcelona star

Lionel Messi: Inter Milan director Ausilio dismisses links with the Barcelona star

- Lionel Messi has been linked with a move away from Spanish side Barcelona

- Inter Milan director Ausilio has stated that his club are not interested in Messi

- Manchester City have also been linked with a move to sign the Argentine

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Piero Ausilio who is Inter Milan sporting director has rubbished reports linking the Italian club with the signing of Barcelona legend Lionel Messi this summer.

Discussions over the future of Messi at Barcelona is still ongoing following the decision of the Argentine to hand in a transfer request.

The trouble started after Barcelona's embarrassing defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in which Messi failed to score.

Bayern went on to win the Champions League title beating French side Paris Saint-Germain in the final of the competition.

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Defeat against Bayern Munich made Barcelona chiefs to sack manager Setien and hired Ronald Koeman as a replacement.

After his unveiling as the new Barcelona gaffer, Koeman was reported to have told some players to find new clubs ahead of the coming Spanish La Liga season.

Already, Croatia international Ivan Rakitic has left Barcelona and has joined Sevilla who are also campaigning in the La Liga.

Messi has been linked with Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League side Manchester City.

According to the report by Sky Sports, Inter Milan have distanced themselves from the speculation claiming that Messi is not part of their plans.

"You told the truth by saying that there is nothing. I don't know where certain ideas come from.

"If we talk about Messi, there is no club that doesn't want to sign him but the reality is different. In the market, we must be careful and smart,'' Ausilio told Sky Sports.

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Lionel Messi: Inter director Ausilio dismisses links with the Barcelona star

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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Lionel Messi is now reportedly on the verge of being fined at Spanish side Barcelona following his refusal to undergo Covid-19 test and also missing training at the Nou Camp.

The future of Messi at Barcelona is not certain following his decision to hand the Catalans' chief a transfer request after defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Messi still has one more year left on his current contract with Barcelona, but the Argentine wanted to enact a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave for free.

Spanish La Liga body are also said to be backing Barcelona on the matter with Lionel Messi with them supporting the release clause.

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