Messi says he does not want a life contract at Barcelona
Lionel Messi says he does not want a life contract at Barcelona - despite his current desire to stay at the club.
Messi's future was thrown into doubt when it emerged he has a clause in his contract which enables him to leave at the end of the season.
He softened any fears by stating he has no intention of leaving the Catalan club as they launched an effort to tie him down to a lifetime contract.
But despite spending his whole career at the Nou Camp, the Argentinian legend says he does not want to be tied down to the club for the rest of his life.
"At the time there was talk of a contract for life [at Barcelona], as they did with [Andres] Iniesta," Messi said in an interview with the 'Perros de la Calle' show on Radio Metro.
"What I said was that I don't want a contract that binds me.
"I don't want to be here if I'm not happy.
"I want to compete, perform and keep fighting for targets, not being here simply due to my contract.
"That is why I don't like [the idea of binding myself to Barcelona].
"But here [at Barcelona], I'd stay here all my life."
With Messi set to stay put despite resisting a lifetime contract, he has been linked with a reunion with Neymar at the Nou Camp.
They tried to resign the Brazilian in the summer but a move fell through - and Messi admitted this week not everyone at the club wants him back.
''It is difficult to bring him back," Messi said.
"Firstly because it was difficult to see him leave, secondly because of how he left.
''There are people from the club and the members who do not want him to return.
''If it is for sports, Ney is one of the best in the world, but I understand all the other factors.''
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