Why would a guy say he just wants to be friends but tell his friends he likes me?

So I find it weird he tells my best friends he has strong feelings for me but wants to just stay friends and in the future we end up together is a possibility.

Why not just date now and see if it goes somewhere?

Conflicting statements in my opinion
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He did mention to my friend not tell me he likes me but my friend still told me so thats something I am not supposed to know
Why would a guy say he just wants to be friends but tell his friends he likes me?
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