Messi told the club that he wants to leave after nearly 20 years at the Camp Nou, going through their La Masia academy and becoming one of the best players in the world.
Messi still wants to leave Barca
Leo Messi is still determined to leave Barcelona. He wants to meet with the board members and leave the club on good terms. Messi told the club that he wants to leave after nearly 20 years at the Camp Nou. Going through their La Masia academy and becoming one of the best players in the world. The situation between Messi and Barca has deteriorated massively in recent months. With the player angry over decisions made under president Josep Maria Bartomeu. Such as Neymar’s sale and their refusal to repurchase him the firing of manager Ernesto Valverde earlier this season. The 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals earlier this month was the final straw. Messi sent written notice to Bartomeu via Burofax on Tuesday that he wants to leave.
Leo wants to hold a meeting with the board
Initially, it seemed that Messi would seek to activate a clause in his contract. Which would allow him to terminate the Barcelona deal and leave for free. This clause expired earlier this year. But the player’s legal team is rumored to be valid until the end of the 2019-20 season, extended due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Messi wants to hold a meeting with the board to negotiate a departure from Barcelona, rather than unilaterally. Messi does not wish to an extended public war with the club. With the shock of his declaration of wanting to leave already sparking controversy. With fans protesting outside the Camp Nou and demanding Bartomeu’s resignation. In comparison, Barca’s socios – board members and official fan groups are brought a vote of no confidence against Bartomeu.
Instead, the Argentine superstar wants to meet with the club to get his way back on track in a civilized manner and not abruptly end his contract amid rising tensions in recent days. Messi recently indicated that he plans to break the silence and explain why he decided to leave the club. But there is no exact date for this to happen, and it will not be imminent. However, the Argentine intends to give his version of events when his whole situation is cleared up and send a message to Barcelona fans before leaving.