A source in the Catalan club reveals the details.
A source in the Spanish club Barcelona confirmed to Agence France-Presse,
that the Argentine star Lionel Messi did not know the management of his desire to leave,
contrary to what is circulated in the media after the humiliating exit from,
the Champions League quarter-finals at the hands of Bayern Munich (2-8).
According to the source
According to the source, Messi, who has a contract with the Catalan club until 2021, did not express to the management his desire to leave,
denying what was mentioned by the Brazilian media network “Esporte Interrativo”,
which was the first to announce the departure of its citizen Neymar from,
Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain in August / August 2017,
that the best player in the world decided to “leave the club now, not in 2021”.
In a video posted on social media, “Esporte Interativo” said, “The Argentine is closer than ever to leaving,
” adding that “management is aware” of the Argentine star’s desire.
Since the historic loss to Bayern Munich on Friday, the Spanish media have
questioned the possibility of Messi staying with the Catalan team,
which is going to abandon its coach Quique Setien and announce perhaps,
the advance of his presidential elections scheduled for the summer of 2021.
The 33-year-old did not hide his displeasure at the situation the team,
reached after relinquishing its Spanish League title to Real Madrid by losing the penultimate stage at home against Osasuna,
questioning the club’s project led by current president Josep Maria Bartomeu without mentioning the latter explicitly.
Spanish press reports
Spanish press reports indicated that negotiations on renewing the contract between Barcelona and the Argentine star had stopped,
and that the latter was considering leaving after he was tired of the current,
administration’s failure to build a competitive team and was tired of the,
leaks that come out of the club and distort its image.
But these problems will not push Messi to leave Barcelona, according to
what Bartomeu assured in an interview he gave to the “Mundo Deportivo”,
sports newspaper last month, that is, before the shock of the humiliating defeat in front of Bayern, saying,
“Messi has repeated on many occasions that he wants to end his career here (in Barcelona),
and I have no doubt that he will extend. “
Messi can leave Barcelona as a free player for free by reaching the end of,
his current contract in the summer of 2021,
but if any team wants to sign him this summer, he must pay the value of the
fictional penalty clause in his contract,
which amounts to 700 million euros, according to the Catalan media,
speaking of interest in his services By English and Italian clubs.
Messi has defended Barcelona since 2000 when he was thirteen years old, coming from Newell’s Old Boys of Argentina,
and he started his career with the first team on October 16, 2004 against,
Catalan neighbor Espanyol (1-0) when he was seventeen. Of his age.
Messi gradually imposed himself to become the absolute star of the team,
scoring 634 goals in 731 official matches led by “Blaugrana”,
winning 34 titles since then, four of them in the European Champions League in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2015.