Ending weeks of anticipation, Lionel Messi on Friday confirmed that he will be staying at Barcelona for the subsequent season regardless of having beforehand acknowledged to the membership about his intention to depart the Spanish soccer giants this season.
In an interview with Goal.com on Friday, the Argentina ahead stated: “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.”
In late August, Messi dropped a bombshell expressing his intention to depart Barcelona on a free switch. The announcement got here just some days after their Bayern Munich drubbing within the Champions League quarterfinal. But the membership knowledgeable the Argentine talisman that the date for utilizing that clause had handed in June leaving Messi to discover a completely different observe.
But ending the lengthy hypothesis and talks across the launch clause, Messi stated that he would stay at Camp Now in a bid to not take the membership to the courtroom.
“When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama,” Messi advised Goal.
“The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.
“But I looked further afield and I want to compete at the highest level, win titles, compete in the Champions League. You can win or lose in it, because it is very difficult, but you have to compete.
“At least compete for it and let us not fall apart in Rome, Liverpool, Lisbon. All that led me to think about that decision that I wanted to carry out.”
Messi then slammed Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, who he claims had promised that he might depart the membership at the top of the season for free.
“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,” he stated.
“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.
“And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club. Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700 million (£624m/$823m) clause, and that this is impossible.”