Stupor in Barcelona. According to several media, Lionel Messi has communicated to the Blaugrana club that he will activate the clause allowing him to leave Barça freely.
Since the humiliation suffered by FC Barcelona against Bayern Munich (8-2), the future of Lionel Messi (33) in Catalonia has been the subject of many questions. In Catalonia, the media following the club conceded that La Pulga had told its leaders that he saw more of a future elsewhere than a new contract. Since then, Ronald Koeman has arrived to replace Quique Setién and put the Blaugranas back on the right track.
The Dutch coach immediately spoke to his number 10 to remind him that he remains at the heart of the project. Local media then claimed that the pair had spoken in a positive manner, although Koeman reportedly took the opportunity to remind everyone that he was not going to be subjected to the law of a very influential locker room. But early in the evening, a bombshell from Argentina exploded.
Messi seems decided
According to TyC Sport, Messi has told Barca he plans to leave the club and use the clause in his contract that allows him to unilaterally break his lease. Information confirmed in the wake of the radio Onda Cero. Regarding this famous clause, El Pais had revealed its existence, while specifying that Messi had, from 2020, until June 30 to activate it. But obviously Lionel Messi does not care.
Indeed, the player believes that the season ended in August due to the exceptional health situation and that he, therefore, has the right to activate his clause until the end of the month. His decision is irrevocable according to other sources. Messi has no plans to complete the preseason testing, nor to be present during Koeman’s first practice. A page in Barca’s history is turning. And Josep Maria Bartomeu is likely to very quickly becoming the number 1 enemy of key socios. Last talks have mention PSG, but also Inter Miami CF as the two destinations chosen by Messi.