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Barcelona draws 0-0 at Juventus to seal top spot in group

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Elias Hubbard | 23 November, 2017, 01:37

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

"We are not sure (if he has signed) as the Barca president said (he has)".

In their first meeting in Group D earlier this season, Massimiliano Allegri's side were beaten 3-0 at the Camp Nou, with Messi scoring twice.

'What I can say is that we're a very united group and determined to do well.

Douglas Costa shot straight at Marc-Andre ter Stegen from inside the penalty area after only two minutes but Barcelona was largely in control of the first half-hour, the midfield quartet of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Paulinho dictating the play well.

However, other sources suggest that Messi will eventually be free to negotiate a move away from Barcelona from January with his contract set to expire at the end the season.

"All the fans want to see confirmation: a picture, a handshake, just like I do".

"We all enjoy playing with him but from what we have been told, things are going well between the president and Leo." said the midfielder.

The 33-year-old reportedly injured his left-thigh in Juve's 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria on Sunday and as a result, he will play no part in their highly-anticipated match against the Blaugrana. His 12 goals have helped Barca to comfortably sit at the top of the league.

Barca have had an impressive start to the season and are a whopping 10 points ahead of Real Madrid in the title race.

Valverde admits that he would welcome those additions but insisted that he is now only focused on the clash at Juventus with Barcelona still needing a point to secure their qualification to the last 16 as group winners.

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