Barcelona chief breaks silence on Lionel Messi at Francisco Trincao unveiling

Barcelona bosses have broken their silence over the potential exit of superstar Lionel Messi.

The Catalan outfit are under-fire after a leaked fax showed their star man wants out of the Nou Camp after a tumultuous end to the season under Quique Setien.

Messi is suddenly attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and many other European outfits.

Barcelona have today unveiled a potential heir to Messi's throne, in the form of 20-year-old Francisco Trincao, who was actually signed in January.

After the youngster's press conference, new Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes took questions – and inevitably, Messi was brought up fairly swiftly.

"We do not contemplate any contractual exit, because we want Leo to stay," Planes told reporters.

"Internally we are working long hours to find the best solution for FCB and for Leo.

"This is evidently the important news, we have said many times, as (Ronald) Koeman and the president have said, we count on Messi for the future just like we count on Trincao as a talent for the future.

"We hope he will play alongside the greatest player in the history, the greatest player in the world, but these things happen and we hope we will come back stronger from the defeat at the end of last season.

"What has happened has happened and our idea is to build a team around the most important player in the world."

The Barcelona board have also been left embarrassed after club heroes Carlos Puyol and Luis Suarez publicly backed Messi's brave decision to want out.

"Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend," tweeted former Nou Camp captain Puyol.

Suarez, 33, responded with two emojis of clapping hands.

The Uruguayan himself looks to have no future at the club either.

Suarez is reportedly set to have his contract terminated by the European giants after a conversation with new manager Koeman.

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