Messi will not join Inter Milan say Barcelona

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Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola believes Lionel Messi will not leave the Catalan giants for Inter Milan.

After Inter chairman Massimo Moratti suggested the Argentina sensation could team up with the Serie A outfit in the future, Guardiola was quick to pour cold water on such talk.

He has claimed the forward, who scored both goals in Wednesday's 2-0 Champions League group stage success over FC Copenhagen, wants to stay in Spain.

"If Moratti give us euros 250million and Leo wants to leave then maybe we can talk, but I understand that Messi doesn't want to leave and a player's opinion is decisive in football," he said.

"The last word is always up to him."

Meanwhile, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has paid a timely homage to manager Jose Mourinho.

After the side's 2-0 Champions League group stage success over AC Milan, Ronaldo claimed everything was rosy at the Santiago Bernabeu following Mourinho's arrival from Inter Milan in the summer.

It had been rumoured that several of the players were unhappy with the methods former coach Manuel Pellegrini adopted last season, but the Portuguese winger is now delighted that his compatriot is at the helm.

"With Mourinho, everyone is happier. When things do not run well it is normal for people to feel sad, but this season things are going great. I thank God that everything is going well," he said.

"Mourinho is fantastic. I am thankful that he came here because, with his experience and with all the titles he has won, it is good to work with him.

"I always said I wanted him to train me and my colleagues are now also delighted to work with him. I hope we win the Champions League."