That’s absolutely a great shock for Barca fans, host of clubs came for him, but Barcelona includes a 700m euro clause in his contract which make it almost impossible to leave.
However the likes of Manchester City lead the race with hosts of other clubs wanting to sign the Argentine.
But he however decided to stay at the club at least till the end of his current contract with Barcelona.
Lionel Messi confirms everything said on past hours/days: “Bartomeu told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700M clause – that’s impossible. But at the end of the season, the same Bartomeu said it was ‘my decision’… he didn’t kept his promise”. Fabrizio Romano reported.
“The truth is that there is no project at this club. They just plug holes as and when things happen. I would never go for a war against the club of my life. That’s why I’m staying”.
“When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife, it was a brutal drama. The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona. But I’ve been telling the president & the club that I want to leave all year long!”.
“I told to the club, to the president in particular, that I wanted to leave. They know this since the start of the past season. I told them during all last 12 months. But I will stay here because I don’t want to start a legal war”.