​​Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri has opened up on the rumours which have emerged recently over the club making a potential bid for ​Barcelona icon, Lionel Messi - with the Italian revealing that he rather not respond to such rumours.

Messi was recently involved in a row with Barcelona's technical director, Eric Abidal after the Frenchman had laid the blame for former manager, Ernesto Valverde's sacking on the laziness of a few players.

This did not go down well with the Argentinian who hit out at Abidal and led to rumours that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner might just decide to activate the clause in his contract and leave the club in the summer.

Reports also emerged that Juventus were keen to sign him, which would see the two best players in the world reprsenting the same side - though Sarri was quick distance himself from such rumours.

"Leo is a Barcelona player. If I were a Barca board member, I would say: "What the f**k does this Sarri want"? So I'd rather not respond to this question, he said as quoted by ​Besoccer.

The Italian's future too has come under question recently with it being understood that the club president wants to replace him with ​Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola - should the Spaniard decided to leave the Etihad in the summer.