Manchester City, Inter and PSG were all discussed as possible next destinations for Leo after he revealed a desire to activate the release clause in his contract via Burofax.
Messi is considered to stay at Barcelona
Lionel Messi has spoken about his situation at Barcelona amid increasing transfer rumours. As he approaches the last six months of his deal at Barca. Messi shocked the football world when he submitted an official transfer request following Barca’s 8-2 humbling to the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals last season. Manchester City, Inter and PSG were all discussed as possible next destinations for Leo. After he revealed a desire to activate the release clause in his contract via Burofax. Still, he quickly saw his exit path blocked by Blaugrana and LaLiga officials. The 33-year-old ended up choosing to stay at the Camp Nou to avoid a protracted court battle. He insisted that he would never consider taking legal action against the “club I love” during an explosive interview in early September.
The Argentine equalled Brazil icon Pele
Messi also aimed at the Barça board, accusing former club president Josep Maria Bartomeu of failing to keep his promises about his future. And supporting the team in their bid to win the Champions League. Bartomeu left office a month later with a looming vote of no confidence looming over his head. And the club has since embarked on a new era with head coach Ronald Koeman. With another set of presidential elections due in January. Messi returned to his role as Barça captain seamlessly. After scoring his sixth goal in the 2020-21 LaLiga season in a 2-2 draw with Valencia, he equalled Brazil legend Pele’s long-held one-club scoring record, with 643 goals recorded in 748 appearances.
Leo had a terrible time in the summer
The Barcelona talisman will still be free to commit to a pre-contractual agreement with any potential clubs. When the winter transfer window opens, with PSG now being considered front-line soldiers in the race for his signature. However, as previously reported, Barça have yet to receive any formal proposals for Messi. Who has now stated that he is determined to help the club negotiate a difficult path after passing through the most test period of his career to date. “The truth is that today I am fine. I indeed had a terrible time in the summer,” Messi told reporters. “It came from before. What happened before the summer, because of how the season ended, the Burofax and all that. Then I dragged it a little at the beginning of the season.
“But today I’m fine, and I feel like fighting seriously for everything ahead, I’m thrilled. I know the club is going through a tough time, at the club level and everything around Barcelona. But I’m looking forward to it”. Messi will be back in action with Barça when they take on a decisive trip to Real Valladolid in LaLiga on Tuesday night.