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Messi plays down Inter Miami transfer talk by insisting Barcelona is his home… as long as they are winning

LIONEL MESSI dented David Beckham's hopes of signing him for Inter Miami by insisting he wants to stay at his "home" Barcelona for as long as they remain a "winning project".

And the Argentina legend, 32, says he hopes Barcelona are the only club he ever plays for.

Becks has reportedly "reached out" to the five-time Ballon d-Or winner as the ex-England skipper dreams of recruiting elite-level players like Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for Miami's MLS launch next March.

And Messi is thought to have a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for free at the end of any season.

But he told Sport: "What I can say is that I want to be at Barcelona as long as I can, spend all my career here because this is my home.

"I don't want a long contract and to stay because I have a contract, but because I want to be in good shape physically, to play, to be important, and see that there is a winning project.

"I want to keep winning things with the club. I want to keep achieving important things.

"And for me, the clause doesn't mean anything. Money neither.


"I am moved by other things. The most important thing for me is a winning project."

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham admitted earlier this year it would be tough to sign the very best players.

He said: "Everyone has their wish list. But if you look at the way Leo and Cristiano are still playing, even at what you might think is the later stage of their careers, I don't see it ending for them.

"They're playing at such a high level that it's hard to see them leaving the clubs they are at.

"But we will see. You never know what can happen in football."

Reports in Spain at the start of the week claimed Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu wants to offer Messi a "life contract" - keeping him with the La Liga champions until his retirement.

But Messi said: "I can't confirm anything because in the contracts there is a confidentiality clause and I can't say anything,

"I want to win. And I want to win with this club. This is my home. I have no intention of moving, but I want to keep competing and winning."

The frontman did, though, suggest no negotiations over a new deal were ongoing.

He said: "My dad deals with that. But we're not talking to Barca. He would have told me."

David Beckham has ‘reached out’ to Lionel Messi over sensational MLS transfer, according to Barcelona radio station

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