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Gerard Pique hopeful Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona beyond this season despite ongoing speculation of a free transfer to Manchester City as defender says they must 'seduce him' into staying at the Nou Camp Barca's Lionel Messi is out of contract in June and can speak to clubs in January Messi submitted transfer request in August and was linked with Manchester City His team-mate Gerard Pique is optimistic the Argentinian will commit his future 

By Kwame Boakye For Mailonline

Published: 10:09 GMT, 29 November 2020 | Updated: 10:09 GMT, 29 November 2020

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Gerard Pique has urged Lionel Messi to stay at the Nou Camp and insists Barcelona will do everything they can to 'seduce' him into signing a new deal. 

Messi, 33, is out of contract in June and can discuss terms on a pre-contract agreement with other clubs from January.

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The Argentine attacker infamously submitted a transfer request in August after Barca's humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, with the superstar heavily linked with a move to Manchester City. But the proposed deal fell through after Barca refused to allow Messi to leave on a free transfer. 

Lionel Messi made clear his desire to leave Barcelona after their 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich

Lionel Messi made clear his desire to leave Barcelona

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