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Ronald Koeman Hopes Lionel Messi Will Stay at FC Barcelona For 'Many More Years'

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Koeman hopes Messi will stay at Barcelona beyond this season
Koeman hopes Messi will stay at Barcelona beyond this season / Soccrates Images/Getty Images

FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has once again reiterated he hopes Lionel Messi will stay at the club beyond the end of the season.

Messi's contract with Barcelona is due to expire next month, and the Argentine has been linked with a move away from Catalan outfit this summer.

Manchester City and PSG are said to be keen on the 33-year-old, who remains one of the best players in the world. Messi, though, has not yet announced a decision with regards to his future, although Barca hope they can convince six-time Ballon d'Or winner to put pen to paper on a new contract at the club.

Koeman insists Barcelona have a brighter future with Messi than without, and lavished praise on the club captain, who he said has been fantastic for the team.

"I hope Messi stays here for many more years," Koeman said [via Sport] in a press conference on Friday.

"Once again this season, he's shown that he's unique. He's scored 30 goals and has been fantastic for the team. For me, as a person, as a professional, he's been a 10... so I hope he stays here.

"If not, we have to develop other players, look for effectiveness for the team because we lose 30 goals. Barça with Messi has a bigger future than Barca without Messi."