Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will stay at Inter Miami CF next season, preparing himself for the upcoming MLS season.
Messi joined Inter Miami last June, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club after leaving French giants Paris Saint-Germain, putting to an end a fairly underwhelming stay in the French capital.
Still fresh from his FIFA World Cup triumph, Messi made an immediate impact for the MLS club, scoring 11 goals in 14 games in all competitions. He was even integral to helping Inter Miami get their first ever trophy in the Leagues Cup.
The club suffered from a drop in form towards the latter stages of the season, missing out on a playoffs place as Messi faced fitness issues.
The 36-year-old was linked with a possible loan move away, with a number of clubs being touted as being interested in him, including former club Barcelona.
However, taking to social media, Messi has stated that he is looking forward to more success with Inter Miami next season, practically confirming he is staying.
"I am proud of everything the team accomplished this season. With everyone's work and effort, we were able to win the Leagues Cup winning the first title in the history of Inter Miami, we reached the final of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup, and we were even fighting to get into the Playoffs of the MLS until the last moment," he said.
"We are left with all the good things and above all with the desire to improve to be even more competitive next year," he continued.
"I would like to thank all the people at the club and the city of Miami for the support they always give us. I'm sure that we will continue to live incredible moments together as has happened in recent months. A hug for everyone," Messi concluded.
With massive games coming against the likes of Uruguay and Brazil, Messi will now shift his focus to international football, as Argentina battle it out in the World Cup qualifiers, as they seek to defend their title. They also have the Copa America coming up as well, another title they want to retain.