13 Jan 2015

Messi's future still uncertain

8:23 am on 13 January 2015

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says he doesn't know where he will be playing next year.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Messi was asked during a press conference ahead of the Ballon D'Or Player of the Year ceremony if he wanted to finish his career at Barcelona or at Argentina's Newell's Old Boys in his hometown of Rosario.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen, whether I'd go to Newell's," he said.

"I don't know where I'll be next year although I've always said I want to end my career at Barcelona but... nobody knows what the future holds."

Messi denied reports he has asked for coach Luis Enrique to be replaced, or that he is seeking an exit from his boyhood club.

"I haven't asked for anything to stay here because I have never wanted to go anywhere else," he said.

"That is in no way true. I never asked for them to get rid of the coach or anyone else. There is no rivalry between Luis Enrique and me."

The Argentina and Barca captain was responding for the first time to widespread reports of a falling out with Enrique, who took over from Messi's compatriot Gerardo Martino at the end of last season.

Messi was runner-up for the Ballon D'Or Player of the Year to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

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