LA Galaxy manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto has insisted that there's no truth to the suggestion that Lionel Messi could move to California at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old was sensationally linked with a move to Major League Soccer after a string of behind-the-scenes disruptions at Camp Nou, prompting links specifically with LA Galaxy.
It wouldn't be the Galaxy's first time signing a household name, but manager Barros Schelotto insists these rumours are simply a non-starter.
"Nothing. There is nothing to tell," he said, quoted by the Daily Mail. "Obviously [everybody would like to have Messi] and the fact of having a certain relationship with him also brings about the possibility but there has been no approach recently."
LA Galaxy currently have the likes of Chicharito, Cristian Pavón and Emiliano Insúa in their first-team squad, while David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and most recently Zlatan Ibrahimovic have also been on the books.
And while Messi would bring an unparalleled commercial value to the club, the Argentina international hasn't been involved in a transfer in 20 years and he deal would still have a tremendous amount of hurdles to get over - even excluding a fee with Barcelona.
Even if Messi was interested in moving to MLS, he'd likely still be looking to spend a couple more years in Europe as he's still one of the best performing players in the world.
This season, Messi has scored 19 goals and picked up 16 assists in just 27 appearances across all competitions, helping Barcelona keep pace in the title race as well as guiding them into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The Blaugrana face Italian side Napoli away from home in the first leg of their last 16 match on Tuesday.
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