A day after Messi bombshell, Barca nonetheless hoping he’ll keep

Madrid, August 26

Barcelona haven’t given up on Lionel Messi simply but. A day after the Argentine nice advised the membership he desires to go away, Barcelona mentioned their restructuring venture nonetheless revolves across the participant.

“We want to rebuild for the future together with the best player in history,” Ramon Planes, the membership’s technical director, mentioned as we speak. “We are not contemplating any departure on a contractual level because we want him to stay. We have to show a huge respect for Messi.”

“We can’t make this a dispute between Leo Messi and Barcelona because neither deserves it,” Planes mentioned.

Barcelona try to keep away from an abrupt ending to Messi’s profession on the membership. His final match with a Barcelona jersey was the embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League, one of many worst defeats within the participant’s profession and within the membership’s historical past. But Messi apparently has already made up his thoughts, and it appears solely a matter of how ugly the termination will get.

Messi’s first contract with the membership was signed on a serviette after a lunch between his representatives and membership officers practically 20 years in the past, but it surely was with a burofax — an authorized communication methodology generally utilized in Spain, just like a telegram — that Messi advised the membership he desires to go away. There was no telephone name or assembly with membership officers. Just the burofax. In it, Messi invoked a clause in his contract that allowed him to go away without cost after the top of the season.

But Barcelona mentioned the clause talked about by Messi expired on June 10, which means that the participant missed the deadline and must pay the clause of 700 million euros if he desires to go away earlier than his contract ends in June 2021. What Messi might contend is that the clause was to run out on the finish of the season, which this 12 months was moved again due to the coronavirus pandemic. — AP

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