Lionel Messi's Father Shoots Down Transfer Rumours Surrounding Barcelona Star

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVDecember 22, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group H match Between FC Barcelona and AC Milan at Camp Nou on November 6, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Transfer rumors have swirled around Barcelona star forward Lionel Messi, but his father was quick to shoot down such a move, saying his future still remains in Spain.    

Sky Sports (via Fox Sports) reported Jorge Messi's comments that should be music to Barcelona fans' ears:

Barcelona fans must know that Lionel's future is linked to this club. This chapter must be closed now, don't seek anything more than a direct reply from 'Leo' to the public declarations made by Mr. Faus.

What has been said has been said and that's it. When Lionel says something, it becomes news. We don't want any conflict with the club, nor with the president and certainly not with the fans.

According to the Sky Sports report, Messi didn't take kindly to Barcelona director Javier Faus' opinion that the star doesn't deserve a wage raise. 

However, the elder Messi wasted no time claiming that the recent rift has done nothing to change the star Argentinian's future with the reigning La Liga champions. 

Messi has been linked to Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris-Saint Germain since the news of his potential unrest in Spain, per Sky Sports. It spurned comments from City midfielder Yaya Toure on his desire to have Messi join him in England, per Manchester Evening News' Andrew Stuart

But if his father's words are any indication, Toure and other English players vying for the three-time Ballon d'Or winner won't have any luck in the near future. 

BARCELONA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 06:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Philippe Mexes of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League Group H match Between FC Barcelona and AC Milan at Camp Nou on November 6, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo
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Any deal for Messi would likely shatter the world football transfer record currently held by Gareth Bale on his Real Madrid deal earlier in 2013. He's emerged as arguably the best player in the world at the young age of 26.

As a 24-year-old, Messi broke the all-time Barcelona scoring record. At 25, he became the youngest player to score 200 goals in La Liga play.

Messi's emergence as one of the elite footballers of all time took shape in convincing fashion when he scored a combined 133 goals in all competitions between 2011 and 2013.   

The star forward has been ruled out until 2014 after suffering a hamstring tear in November.