Barcelona, September 1
Barcelona is banking on a face-to-face assembly with Lionel Messi to attempt to persuade him to remain.
Talks with Messi’s father, who can also be his agent, are anticipated this week in Barcelona, however the membership additionally hopes to take a seat down with the participant himself.
Messi has been provided a two-year contract extension, a membership official with information of the scenario advised The Associated Press. The official spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the particular person isn’t authorised to talk publicly in regards to the situation.
The contract would run by the 2022-23 season. Both sides had already pre-agreed on many of the phrases just a few months in the past, in response to the membership official.
Barcelona and Messi have but to speak instantly for the reason that Argentine stated final week that he wished to go away the membership. He made his announcement 11 days after the season led to an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
The humiliating defeat on August 14 capped a sophisticated season for Barcelona, the primary with out a title since 2007-08.
Messi then invoked a clause that will enable him to go away free of charge on the finish of the season, however Barcelona stated the clause expired in June. Messi’s employees is anticipated to say that the top of the season was pushed again due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Either facet has but to concede, with Messi not exhibiting up for coaching together with the remainder of the squad this week and Barcelona saying it is not going to facilitate his departure.
Barcelona reiterated its stance that it desires Messi to stay with the membership and that it’s not planning to barter his switch. His contract ends in June 2021 and has a buyout clause of 700 million euros (USD 838 million).
Club president Josep Bartomeu first talked to Messi’s father over the cellphone after the loss to Bayern and was advised that Messi was annoyed and disillusioned. They talked once more just a few occasions after Messi introduced his determination to go away, however the first private assembly between the 2 was anticipated to occur within the coming days.
The membership hopes, although, that it might resolve the issue by assembly with Messi in particular person and convincing him that the perfect determination for him is to remain.
Messi, who has typically stated previously that he wished to complete his profession with Barcelona, has not publicly expressed his causes for wanting to go away.
He by no means instantly named Bartomeu in his criticism of the membership, however the president stated final week he was keen to resign if Messi cited him as the issue.
Barcelona stated it was not speaking to any golf equipment a few attainable switch however it was open to negotiating for the gamers who incoming coach Ronald Koeman stated weren’t included in his plans, together with Luis Suárez, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti.
Ivan Rakitic, who additionally was in that listing, was signed by Sevilla on Tuesday.
The three others have been coaching with the remainder of the squad for now, together with Suárez, a longtime teammate and buddy of Messi. The membership stated there was no settlement reached but for his switch.
Barcelona will begin the brand new season in opposition to Villarreal within the Spanish league on the finish of September. AP