Messi staying at Barca to keep away from courtroom struggle


Barcelona, September 4

Lionel Messi ended intense hypothesis about his future immediately by saying he’ll stay with Barcelona for an additional yr — however solely as a result of he didn’t need to enter a courtroom battle with the membership about his contract.

The Argentine six-time world participant of the yr had advised the membership final month that he wished to go away, insisting a clause in his contract allowed him to take action on a free switch. Barcelona, backed by La Liga, have insisted {that a} 700 million euros launch clause must be paid.

“I wasn’t happy and I wanted to leave. I have not been allowed this in any way and I will stay at the club so as not to get into a legal dispute. The management of the club led by Bartomeu is a disaster,” Messi advised Goal.com.

“There was another way and it was to go to trial. I would never go to court against Barca because it is the club that I love, which gave me everything since I arrived. It is the club of my life, I have made my life here,” Messi mentioned.

“Barca gave me everything and I gave it everything. I thought and was sure that I was free to leave. The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not. Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the middle of this awful coronavirus and this disease altered all the season.”

The Argentine, 33, added: “When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama. The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.” — Reuters



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