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Messi rumours gather pace as Luis Enrique fails to deny Barca star's unhappiness

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Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona remains uncertain

Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona remains uncertain

Lionel Messi's future at Barcelona remains uncertain

Barcelona manager manager Luis Enrique was unwilling to comment on whether Lionel Messi remained happy at the club, but intriguing said that "a month is a long time".

Messi's future at Barca has been thrown into doubt after the Argentina international reportedly fell out with the manager over this training methods.

Messi was dropped to the bench for Barcelona's defeat to Valencia at the weekend and when asked whether there has been a breakdown in the relationship between the two, Enrique would neither confirm or deny the rumours.

"At the moment it just seems to be negative vibes, nothing positive," Enrique said.

"I don't think I should be asked to confirm any or deny any of these rumours. It would stir up more problems than it would solve. Things are going to happen during the season and it is up to us to sort it out.

"Things that happen between the team and the players will always be kept that. My job is not to discuss the rumours, it is to be first team manager."

Messi missed training on Monday due to a stomach upset but remains linked in Spain with a summer move to Chelsea, Manchester City or Paris St-Germain.

When probed further on whether Messi remains happy at the club, Enrique again was ambiguous in his response.

"I don't want to comment. We know things change and a month is a long time," he said.

"Things have changed but it is up to you to speak to parties involved. I am as happy as ever here, happier even."

Enrique's position is also under threat but he remains confident that he has the backing to remain in charge.

"I am always in contact with the president. They have not given me any ultimatum. I am going into the Elche game with the same confidence as ever.

"I feel motivated and am thinking about the things we can improve. I have the same faith in my players as ever."

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