Lionel Messi says he’s staying with Barcelona this season

Barcelona, September 4

Lionel Messi introduced Friday that he’ll stick with Barcelona for the upcoming season.

Messi made the announcement in a video interview revealed by He mentioned he wouldn’t get right into a authorized dispute with the membership.

The determination ended an deadlock over his future that began when he instructed Barcelona that he wished to depart the membership without spending a dime on the finish of the season.

Barcelona wished him to complete his contract that runs till June 2021. It claimed that the clause invoked by Messi to depart had expired in June and mentioned that he needed to pay the buyout clause of 700 million euros ($837 million) if he wished to depart now.

“The president (Josep Bartomeu) always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not end up keeping his word,” Messi mentioned.

There had been no settlement when Messi’s father and Bartomeu met on Wednesday to debate the participant’s future, with Jorge Messi saying his son wished to depart and Barcelona saying it will not facilitate his switch.

“I’ll continue at Barcelona and my attitude won’t change, no matter how much I have wanted to go,” Messi mentioned.

“I instructed the membership and the president that I wished to go. I’ve been telling him all yr. I believed my time in Barcelona was over, sadly — I all the time wished to complete my profession right here.” Messi had not made any public statements because the staff’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Aug. 14.

“It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room,” Messi mentioned. – AP

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