Lionel Messi is happy at Barcelona and will not leave the Nou Camp, according to the La Liga champions’ former captain Xavi Hernandez.
“Messi is content at that football club and happy with his life,” Xavi said.
“It’s completely logical that many clubs will want to recruit him to improve their football, but I can’t see a situation where he leaves Barcelona. He’s so happy there.”
Xavi is Barca’s all-time appearance leader and was the heartbeat of the club’s midfield from 1998-2015, spending nine years in the first team alongside Messi, who made his debut in 2004.
“I’m in contact with Messi and I think he’s happy and satisfied. He knows Barcelona is the best club in the world for him and I can’t see him in any other club,” Xavi, who now plays for Al Sadd in Qatar, told radio station Cope on Friday.
Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer but has yet to commit to an extension on his current contract, which runs out in 2018. His buy-out clause is set at 250 million euros ($266.03 million).
“I haven’t spoken to him about his new contract but if I was to bet, I wouldn’t expect Messi to go to another club. He could get more money elsewhere but I don’t think he is interested in just money, he is more concerned about stability,” Xavi added.