Staying with Barcelona could also be an choice for Lionel Messi in spite of everything.
A day after the Spanish membership reaffirmed its place to not facilitate a switch, Messi’s father-agent didn’t dismiss the potential of his son reconsidering his determination to go away.
Jorge Messi left the prospect open after being briefly questioned by the Cuatro tv channel on Thursday on whether or not he was contemplating the potential of Messi staying for now and leaving at no cost subsequent 12 months.
The affirmation got here a day after there was no settlement within the first assembly between Jorge Messi and Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu. Jorge Messi had stated upon arriving in Barcelona on Wednesday that he noticed it “tough” for his son to maintain enjoying for Barcelona.
Lionel Messi final week informed Barcelona he was invoking a contract clause that allowed him to go away at no cost on the finish of the season, however the membership claimed that the clause had expired in June. Barcelona stated it wished Messi to remain till the tip of his contract in June 2021. The contract has a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($837 million).
Barcelona stated they’ve provided the Argentine a two-year extension that might preserve him with the membership by way of the 2022-23 season. Additionally they wished to satisfy personally with the participant to attempt to persuade him to remain and end his profession with the membership the place he began enjoying practically 20 years in the past.
Neither half made concessions in Wednesday’s assembly in Barcelona, with Jorge Messi confirming that his son wished to go away and Barcelona reaffirming that it’ll not settle for his switch request. They haven’t scheduled one other spherical of negotiations, however Barcelona stated it nonetheless hoped Messi would change his thoughts about leaving.
Messi has but to talk publicly for the reason that 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarterfinals, one of many worst within the participant’s profession and within the membership’s historical past. The defeat capped a disappointing season for Barcelona, the primary and not using a title since 2007-08.
The 33-year-old Messi had been outspoken in opposition to membership officers through the season and he hasn’t proven up on the membership for the reason that squad returned to coaching on Monday. He additionally skipped the required coronavirus checks the crew underwent on Sunday.
The participant’s representatives declare the clause permitting him to go away the membership at no cost ought to nonetheless be legitimate as a result of the season was pushed again by the coronavirus pandemic.
Barcelona are scheduled to start their season in opposition to Villarreal within the Spanish league on the finish of the month.
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