Jose Mourinho: Lionel Messi will end his career at Barcelona
Lionel Messi will end his career at Barcelona, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes.
Chelsea were among the clubs linked with a move for Messi when his relationship with Barca boss Luis Enrique was under the spotlight around the turn of the year. At the time Mourinho said UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations would scupper any move for the four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, and Messi later made a point of reaffirming his commitment to Barca.
And the Chelsea boss has now told La Gazzetta dello Sport‘s new television channel he expects to see the Argentine in a Barca shirt until the day he retires.
"I have the feeling that Messi will always be at Barcelona," he said. "I may be wrong and nobody knows what will happen in the future. My feeling is that a player of his dimension and significance for a club like Barca, I do not see Barcelona opening the door for Messi to go."
The former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager added: "I do not see Messi playing with another shirt which is not Barcelona’s. I may be wrong, but this is my feeling."
The 27-year-old Argentina superstar has scored 37 goals in 35 games in all competitions this season. On Saturday, Messi helped Barcelona defeat Granada 3-1, pulling within one point of Real Madrid before the pacesetter hosts Villarreal on Sunday.
Barcelona visits Villarreal on Wednesday looking to book its place in the final of the Copa del Rey, holding a 3-1 advantage heading into the second leg of their semifinal.