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08 August 2020 04:36

LIONEL MESSI wants to finish his career at Barcelona, according to club president Josep Bartomeu.

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Follow @insidefutbol Arsenal are amongst clubs who have shown an interest in Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez this summer, it has been claimed in Spain. Rodriguez made just 14 appearances for Real Madrid this season and is on the fringes at the Bernabeu. Real Madrid want to sell him this summer and the player is claimed to be clear about that the time has come to move on from the club. He will continue to train with the first team but his agent, Jorge Mendes, has gone to work to find a new club for his client. And according to Spanish sports daily AS, Arsenal are amongst the clubs who have shown interest in Rodriguez.

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The jobs cuts at Arsenal have not affected their transfer plans and Rodriquez is a player the Gunners are considering signing. Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid have also shown an interest, but it is claimed that the most serious interest is from Arsenal. But no concrete offers have been made year and the 29-year-old is waiting for proposals to arrive before he takes a decision. LIONEL MESSI wants to finish his career at Barcelona, according to club president Josep Bartomeu. The Barca chief allayed fans' fear the Argentine superstar could look to quit the Nou Camp after a turbulent campaign.

1 Barca president Josep Bartomeu says Lionel Messi will stay Credit: Reuters The Catalan giants' skipper voiced his displeasure as Barca surrendered their La Liga crown to rivals Real Madrid last season. Rumours of a public rift with both team-mate Antoine Griezmann and manager Quique Setien suggested things weren't all rosy. And the 33-year-old is being linked with a sensational move to Inter Milan as Antonio Conte's side attempt to mirror the effect of Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at Juventus. Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi's deal expires next summer and he is yet to put pen to paper on an extension. But Bartomeu is adamant Barca's talisman will not be leaving for free next year. He told beIN SPORTS: "It's not just me who says it, Messi says it himself. "He wants to finish his professional playing career at Barcelona and it's the only club for him. "I don't have any doubt that when he finishes his football career in three or four years it will be here at Barcelona. "Messi has it very clear. He's been here since he was a kid, he knows the colours and is a part of the club's history. "He is the best player in the world. Not just right now, but in the history of the game. "He's at Barcelona and has made clear he wants to stay here." Despite Bartomeu's reassuring words, Inter are reportedly ready to offer the Argentine a four-year deal worth a staggering £235million. Barcelona host Napoli in the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie tomorrow night with the game poised at 1-1. A run in Europe could help offset some of this season's damage but there are even reports that Setien will be fired if his side do not lift the trophy.

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