Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti “can’t say” the Serie A leaders want Lionel Messi as he believes the Barcelona superstar will remain at Camp Nou.
Messi’s future has dominated headlines, with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner tipped to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain or Premier League leaders Manchester City on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Inter have also emerged as a possible destination for Messi, who tried to leave embattled LaLiga giants Barca ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
Argentina and Inter great Zanetti, though, feels his 33-year-old countryman will continue playing for Barca beyond this season.
“We can’t say that, he is a Barcelona player and he’s spent the whole career there. I think he will continue there,” Zanetti told ONTime Sports.
“We are focused on the group of players we have. We must be focused on ourselves, we are focused on the next game. Everyone is doing very well.”
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Asked to compare Messi to legendary football Diego Maradona – who died in November – Zanetti added: “I can’t make comparisons, they are both great champions.
“It’s always good when big players move to Serie A. When Cristiano Ronaldo arrived, it was good for the league.”
Messi has scored a league-high 19 goals and supplied six assists in 24 LaLiga appearances for Ronald Koeman’s second-placed Barca this season, and 25 across all competitions.
Barca are six points adrift of leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of Monday’s match against Huesca.
Messi has been involved in five goals in two games against Huesca in LaLiga (two goals and three assists), including two goals and two assists in his only league appearance against them at Camp Nou.
Barcelona have gone 16 games without losing in LaLiga (W13 D3) – the best current unbeaten streak of any team in the five major leagues in Europe.
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