Juventus Confirm Key Man Will Miss Barcelona Clash With Thigh Issue

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Additionally, we should note that Barcelona want to keep their winning sequence going.

The Argentine's future is still undecided, with his current deal expiring in June 2018.

Juventus star Paulo Dybala has admitted that he does not necessarily see himself staying in Turin for the remainder of his career. The Barcelona talisman has not signed an official contract yet, despite Barca President repeatedly confirming the renewal.

"Messi is a part of our club's badge and I am confident he will stay".

Speaking after the match, Ernesto Valverde said: "The result was misleading and excessive because Leganes made it hard for us and had a great game, while there were times when we weren't brilliant. That was a knockout round and the circumstances are different now, but we do know Juve start very strong and we must be ready for that initial assault", said Valverde, who replaced Luis Enrique last May. But fans are anxious as there has been no official contact signing yet. "Our opponents will obviously want to progress too but for us, this is a match of utmost importance". I want to play with Leo tomorrow, three years, five years in the future. He has all our support and we enjoy being with him.

The striker is regarded as one of the most lethal forwards in Europe and his concession will have put Manchester United and Barcelona on alert as both clubs hold an interest in the 24-year-old. In Diego Simeone's glorious reign as boss, only Real Madrid have previously been capable of eliminating Atletico from the Champions League.

Lionel Messi has been rested by Barcelona for the Catalans' Champions League clash away to Juventus.

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