THE Argentine star says his future with the four-time European champions right now is a�?complicateda�? leaving his future somewhat up in the air.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has suggested that there is uncertainty over his long-term future with the Catalan club.
The 27-year-old signed a new contract with Los Cules in May, which appeared to quash long-running reports of discord between the four-time Ballon da��Or winner and the hierarchy at Camp Nou.
But the cluba��s all-time record goalscorer has questioned his future in an interview with Argentine newspaper Ole, despite having captained the side in the absence of Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta this term.
a�?Today I live in the present,a�? said Messi. a�?I want to make a great year and win titles with Barcelona. And nothing more.
a�?After that wea��ll see.a�?
There has long been a school of thought that Messi would spend the entirety of his European career with Barca, before returning to Argentina to join boyhood club Newella��s Old Boys.
But recent incidents have meant that a�?plana�? isna��t as set in stone as it may have previously seemed.
Messi was recently caught in the middle of a tax row with his father in Spain, over alleged tax evasion.
On the field, he came in for criticism over perceived lacklustre performances as Barca crashed out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage and failed to win La Liga in their last day showdown with Atletico Madrid.
The Argentine, who has been with the club since the age of 13, was pushed about his situation by Ole, and sought to clarify whether he felt he was being forced out of the club.
a�?Things can change a lot in football,a�? explained Messi. a�?While I have always said I would like to stay there forever, sometimes things dona��t work out the way you would like.
a�?If it was up to me I would stay forever. But as I just said, sometimes not everything happens in the way you would like a�� more so in football, which is so volatile and where so many things happen.
a�?Ita��s complicated, the more so during the moments like those Barcelona is experiencing right now.a�?
Argentina coach Gerardo Martino says he doesna��t expect Messi to be on the move any time soon.
Martino was Barcelona boss for the 2013-14 campaign and speaking at Old Trafford following the Albicelestea��s 1-0 loss to Portugal on Tuesday night, he declared: a�?When you see the connection he has with Barcelona, thinking about it from outside and without having spoken about it with him, (Messi leaving) seems difficult to me.a�? – The Mirror