Madrid, August 29
Barcelona is unwavering in its intention to maintain Lionel Messi, who advised the membership earlier this week that he wished to go away.
Spanish media say Messi has contacted the membership to attempt to resolve the state of affairs, however Barcelona confirmed to the Associated Press on Saturday that it’s going to not negotiate to permit the Argentina nice to depart earlier than his contract ends subsequent 12 months.
Earlier this week, Messi stated he wished to invoke a contract clause that allowed him to go away on the finish of final season, however the membership stated the clause had already expired.
A prolonged authorized battle might ensue because the 33-year-old ahead is anticipated to say the clause was legitimate till the tip of the season, which was pushed again due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Barcelona will not be keen to surrender on the participant, particularly not without spending a dime. Messi’s contract, which ends in June 2021, has a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($831 million). He has been with the membership for almost 20 years, main it to greater than three-dozen titles and holding most of its particular person information.
Spanish media stated Messi and his staff contacted the membership late this week to attempt to talk about his state of affairs. He had introduced his intention to go away by sending the membership a burofax, an authorized doc just like a telegram.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu reportedly tried to satisfy with the participant after his choice to go away was introduced. He later stated he was keen to resign if that was what it took to get Messi to remain, and if the six-times Ballon D’Or winner admitted the president’s presence on the membership was the explanation he wished to go away.
Messi reportedly talked to new coach Ronald Koeman earlier than making his choice to go away.
Messi hasn’t spoken publicly because the embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League on August 14, one of many worst defeats within the participant’s profession and within the membership’s historical past.
He was outspoken in opposition to a number of the membership’s choices this season, the primary with no title since 2007-08.
Spanish radio station SER stated on Saturday that Barcelona was ending its contract with its present regulation agency as a result of it additionally labored for Messi.
The gamers are anticipated to return from their break on Sunday to endure coronavirus testing. Training is scheduled to renew on Monday forward of the beginning of the Spanish league season on the second weekend of September. AP