Messi, who scooped his fifth Ballon d'Or crown earlier this month, has been linked with Premier League title contenders Manchester City and French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
But the Barcelona superstar has ruled out leaving the La Liga side for City or PSG by insisting he could never 'play for another European club than Barcelona'.
'I have always said that Barcelona is my home and that I want to retire at this club, but I was talking about my European career there,' he told France Football.
'I could never play for another European club than Barcelona.
'But I would like to play in Argentina, because I left when I was still little. I would like to know how it is to be part of the Argentine game.
'Anything can happen in football, but I have no doubts about what I want, and what I want is to stay here at Barcelona.'
The 64-year-old's loved ones are concerned about the pressure he is under and leaving a year early would clear the way for Jose Mourinho to take over - the Special One is said to be willing to bide his time until the summer to land the Old Trafford gig.
Mourinho’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has strong links with the club, and it is understood the former Chelsea boss is being kept informed of close friend Van Gaal’s ongoing situation. Current No 2 Ryan Giggs is unlikely to be handed the big job.
Mourinho In... awkward for... Juan Mata :)
Last-gasp Zamora puts QPR back in Premier League.
Derby dominated the game and, after Gary O'Neil was sent off for a foul in the second half, they looked set to gain promotion.
But Zamora struck in the final minute to give QPR an instant return to the top flight, Harry Redknapp's team's first shot on target.
LUCKY QPR !!! don't deserve it at all
And few exiting thinks about La Liga:
Barcelona fell to a limp goalless draw at Elche but stayed in the title race courtesy of Atletico Madrid also dropping points at home to Malaga.
It leaves Barcelona three points adrift of leaders Atletico ahead of the sides’ title showdown at Camp Nou.
Victory would guarantee Barca the title by virtue of a superior head-to-head record. Real Madrid's defeat at Celta Vigo ended their Liga aspirations.
Manchester City beat West Ham 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium to win the Premier League on the final day of the season, despite Liverpool coming from behind to beat Newcastle. To little to late for Liverpool players!
City needed a victory to ensure the title and they went all-out for victory. Beating West Ham 2-0 they are crowned champions!!!
A resounding home win followed by a convincing victory in the derby means it’s already been a great week for City fans, but it will feel even better if they can close it out with another win over a big rival. A trip to take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium is the job at hand and although history suggests it will be a tight affair, recent form looks good for Pellegrini’s men.