Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta says Lionel Messi will retire at Barcelona despite renewed reports linking him with a move to the Italian club. "It would be disrespectful to fuel fantasies," he said of the rumours.
Marotta said: "We have to be realistic. It's utopic. Everyone would love to have Messi but it would be disrespectful to fuel fantasies, because that's what they are. We have to get back to reality, knowing that Messi is a great player but he's at Barcelona."
Marotta was speaking to Sky Sport after Inter ended the campaign with a 2-0 win over Atalanta to secure second spot in the Serie A table.
"[Barcelona] is the perfect habitat for Messi," he added. "For me, he will end his career there."
Rumours about Messi's future have been fueled in the last week by an image of the Barça captain being projected on to the Duomo in Milan to publicise Inter's match against Napoli. Suning, the group that own Inter, was behind the projection.