Pep Guardiola has dropped arguably the strongest hint yet that Lionel Messi will extend his stay at Barcelona beyond the end of this season.
The Argentinean superstar's future has been the source of constant speculation ever since he sensationally declared his intentions to leave the club last summer.
Guardiola's Manchester City and French giants Paris Saint-Germain have been two of the teams most strongly linked with his signature, with Messi's contract at the Nou Camp set to expire in just two months' time.
However, the 33-year-old has appeared a happier figure on the pitch in recent months, with Barcelona winning the Copa del Rey and getting themselves back in the race for the La Liga title.
And it is expected that once the campaign is concluded Messi will sit down with his representatives to firmly decide his next step.
Spanish station TV3 are preparing a new documentary about the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, and asked Guardiola for his thoughts on Messi's situation.
And despite the rumours about joining him at City, Guardiola insisted his former player would be best off remaining in Catalonia.
"I hope he can finish his career at Barca," Guardiola said. "Messi will not find a better home than at Barca.
"The only thing that needs to be done is to go back to the origins of what makes the club special."
TV3 also report that Messi's father and agent Jorge recently met with new Barca president Joan Laporta for the first time to discuss the possibility of a new two-year contract for his son, along with a potential future ambassadorial role at the club after retirement.
Messi has spent his entire professional career at Barca, along the way winning ten La Ligas and four Champions Leagues as well as breaking numerous individual records.
For now he will be fully focused on ensuring he wins La Liga title number 11, with his side currently third in the table but knowing that winning their game in hand over Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid would put them top with just weeks of the season remaining.
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