Barcelona is unwavering in its intention to maintain Lionel Messi and won’t facilitate his departure. Spanish media reviews mentioned Messi has contacted the membership to attempt to resolve the scenario. Barcelona mentioned Saturday that it’s going to not negotiate to permit the Argentina nice to depart earlier than his contract ends subsequent yr.
Messi isn’t anticipated to report back to the membership on Sunday for scheduled coronavirus testing that’s required for the whole squad earlier than coaching can resume subsequent week, based on Catalan radio RAC1.
Earlier this week, Messi mentioned he wished to invoke a contract clause that allowed him to go away on the finish of final season, however the membership mentioned 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 pandemic.
Barcelona isn’t 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 ($830 million). He has been with the membership for practically 20 years, main it to greater than three-dozen titles and holding most of its particular person data.
Spanish media mentioned Messi and his group of attorneys contacted the membership late this week to attempt to focus on his scenario. He had introduced his intention to go away by sending the membership a burofax, a licensed 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 mentioned he was keen to resign if that was what it took to get Messi to remain, and if the six-time Ballon D’Or winner admitted the president’s presence on the membership was the rationale 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 for the reason that embarrassing 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Aug. 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 selections this season, the primary and not using a title since 2007-08.
Spanish radio station SER mentioned on Saturday that Barcelona was ending its contract with its present regulation agency as a result of it additionally labored for Messi.
Coaching for Barcelona is scheduled to renew on Monday forward of the beginning of the Spanish league season on the second weekend of September.