- Lionel Messi has been heavily linked away from Spanish outfit Barcelona in recent times
- The Argentine is being trailed by Premier League club Man City as well as Ligue 1 side PSG
- La Liga president Javier Tebas has advised the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to remain in Spain
President of La Liga Javier Tebas has urged embattled Barcelona captain Lionel Messi to remain at the Catalan club beyond this season.
Tebas was among those that prevented the Argentine from leaving Spain last season after the superstar threatened he wanted to move.
Messi was forced to rescind his decision after La Liga and Barcelona chiefs cited a clause in his contract - and with the player’s contract coming to an end, Tebas advised him to remain.
He said via AS via Soccer Laduma:
"If I were Messi's adviser, I would tell him, 'stay at Barca'. I want Messi to stay. He is the best player in history.
"If you are thinking about his last years of football, he should continue to be linked to the Barcelona brand.
"He started at Barcelona and I think he should continue at Barca. If I was his adviser, I would tell him he must do everything possible to stay at Barca."
Messi has been strongly linked with transfers to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain in recent months, although Joan Laporta's return as Barca president has led many to believe he could now see out the rest of his career at the Camp Nou.
In a bid to bolster his squad to battle for titles next season, reports from Spain have it that Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has put up at least four players on transfer list.
The manager is looking to raise funds to do business in the summer transfer window and will now be forced to offload some of his players.
Barcelona have been severely hit by the impact of the coronavirus crisis and now they will need to let some of their big earners leave.
Lionel Messi, Ansu Fati, Pedri and Ilaix Moriba are all on the reported "untouchables" list. Koeman is understood to be keen on bringing in Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay on free transfers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Spanish outfit Barcelona have been recognized as the best football club of the 21st century according to the International Federation of Football, History and Statistics (IFFHS).
The Catalan club has been named as the most outstanding club of the decade (2011-2020) as a result of their scintillating performance in the number of years.
Barcelona won several titles in the last ten years including six La Liga Santander titles, two UEFA Champions League titles as well as two Club World Cups.
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