Ronald Koeman offers update on Lionel Messi’s future

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The Argentine star’s future is up in the air with his contract expiring in the summer

Barcelona ace Lionel Messi continues to get linked with a move away from the Nou Camp, with his contract expiring this summer.

With no president at the helm, there is more optimism that the Argentine could force a way out of the Blaugrana at the end of this season, having attempted to do so last summer.

However, the Catalans manager Ronald Koeman has offered his verdict on Messi’s future, stating that he is unsure whether the Argentine would stay beyond the summer although he doesn’t love to see Messi playing for another club.

“I’m not confident about that [Messi staying],” Koeman said.

“I’m hopeful, yes, about this because he’s still a great player and he’s still winning matches for us, for the team. I’m enjoying being his coach; if you look at his qualities every day in the training sessions, it’s incredible.

“Of course, he came as a young kid to Barcelona. And I still don’t see Leo Messi in another shirt other than the Barcelona shirt.”

Messi has been coming up with goods since the turn of the year, producing some incredible performances including the recent match-winning display against Athletic Bilbao in the weekend.

Although there was criticism at the start about the Argentine’s sub-standard displays, he looks to have returned to his best as he currently sits second behind Luis Suarez in the Pichichi race with 12 goals.

Paris Saint-Germain turn out to be one of the potential suitors for the 33-year-old, with their manager Mauricio Pochettino stating his desire to work with his compatriot.