Lionel Messi 'has held clear the air Barcelona talks and resolved his issue with club' after transfer saga over summer

LIONEL MESSI has resolved his issues with Barcelona and 'it's positive that he stayed', according to Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni.

Messi bagged the winner from the penalty spot in Argentina's 1-0 triumph over Ecuador in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

And before the game, his international manager revealed he is pleased the 33-year-old superstar remained at the Nou Camp despite an explosive transfer saga.

Scaloni said: "I spoke to Leo when everything was resolved and I saw him calm.

"Since his arrival, we've been able to have a long chat.

"He is happy to be here. He's now well in his club.

I spoke to Leo when everything was resolved and I saw him calm. He's now well in his club. For us, it's positive that he stayed."

"All we wanted from a distance was for everything to be resolved and for him to play and to be fit.

"For us, it's positive that he stayed because he was able to play immediately, he knows the club, but in terms of decisions, we don't get involved in that, we don't step in the player's territory."

Messi sensationally revealed he wanted to leave the Catalan giants in the summer.

Fresh from the 8-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich, Messi revealed he wanted to pursue a new challenge.

But after weeks of intensive speculation and a falling out with president Josep Maria Bartomeu, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner made an emotional U-turn.

Messi revealed his kids were in tears after he told them of his plans to leave and eventually decided he could not take the club he loves to court in order to force an exit.

Barca's skipper faced more hardship when new boss Ronald Koeman booted best pal and neighbour Luis Suarez out of the club.

Suarez joined Atletico Madrid for a bargain £5.5million and Messi publicly bashed the club saying his friend 'deserved better'.

Now the talismanic forward is facing another pay cut as skint Barcelona look to alter the contracts of ALL employees.

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