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Lionel Messi reportedly looks set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season despite talk he could return to Barcelona.

Messi has struggled for goals and was knocked out in the second round of the Champions League by Real Madrid.

However, according to Marca, Messi will stay at PSG beyond the end of this disappointing season.

After emotionally leaving Barca last year, he signed a two-year contract with Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

And he is expected to see out his deal with the club, although there is currently no option of an additional year.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to pull Reece James out of the England squad due to injury – leaving Luke Shaw as the only specialist full-back.

Blues boss Thomas Tuchel revealed the news after his side secured a place in the FA Cup semi-final by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 on Saturday.

He said: “The recommendation is that he does not go.

“He is still in individual training, otherwise we would have brought him to Lille and we would have brought him here for sure.

“There is no doubt about it. He needs one more week of rehabilitation and I think we can provide this much better.

“It is not the job of the national team to do this.”

Crystal Palace star Tyrick Mitchell is expected to be called up as his replacement.

In transfer news, Aston Villa are in pole position to snag Kalvin Philips from Leeds, reports suggest.

Villa are willing to pay the Whites £60m for the England and ace, according to the Times.

And Steven Gerrard’s side plan to lure Philips with a huge salary, The Times claim.



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