Friday, 05 March, 2021


Messi has already left Barcelona - Valdano

Lionel Messi believes his career with Barcelona is over. Pic GettyMore Lionel Messi believes his career with Barcelona is over. Pic GettyMore
Noah Ferguson | 03 September, 2020, 02:09

However, the 30-year-old German midfielder didn't stop from taking a dig at the possibility of Messi staying in Spain after a Barca exit.

Messi's father - Jorge Messi - is also his agent and is expected to fly down to Barcelona to convince the club to release his son for free at the ongoing summer transfer window.

The club disputed the claim saying the clause expired on June 10 - with La Liga also releasing a statement saying his contract was still valid - but Font is not optimistic about convincing Messi to stay another year.

According to multiple reports, Messi's reported 700 million Euro release clause is now standing on the way of his departure.

Spanish daily Marca said on Monday that Messi did not have any excuse for missing the club's training so he violated a joint agreement rule between the Spanish league organizer La Liga and the AFE, Spanish union for football players. Further talks will take place, but nothing has been arranged yet with both parties now reluctant to negotiate.

Lionel Messi's Barcelona future looks "difficult", according to the footballer's father. He was greeted at the airport by photographers and journalists and was followed throughout the city as he went about his day before meeting with Bartomeu.

"I don't know, there's nothing yet", he said, adding he had not had any discussions with Guardiola, who enjoyed trophy-laden years as Barcelona manager with Messi in his pomp.

Sources have previously told ESPN that Man City are working on a deal for Messi and are working on one formula that would see him sign for the Premier League side before ending his career with partner club New York City FC in Major League Soccer. He has since failed to report for preseason.

The club has spent millions on players in the transfer market who have not come good in recent years and transfer strategy is something Font hopes to change if he is elected president.

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