Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Manchester City at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 19, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA
Luis Enrique believes it would be the “perfect story” if Lionel Messi ended his career at Barcelona.
There have been fresh reports this week suggesting Messi was not interested at this juncture in extending his current contract at Camp Nou which is due to expire in 2018.
Barca are thought to be calm about their star forward’s future and Luis Enrique thinks it would be fitting for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to see out his playing days at the Spanish champions.
He told a news conference ahead of Saturday’s home game with Malaga: “I think he will be here for many years.
“A player who left his country when he was young, for him to finish his career as the number one player in history at the club where he started – it would be the perfect story.
“I would like that [to happen] but that is his thing.”
Asked if he could influence Messi’s decision, Luis Enrique added: “That’s something between the club and the player and they are the ones that should talk about it.
“I can give them information as we know having Messi on the team brings certain guarantees.