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Lionel Messi has revealed he will remain at Barcelona because the economic outlay required to make his desired exit a fact was “impossible”.
The Argentina superstar sent out shockwaves with Camp Nou recently when he wanted to leave Barca in the wake of the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Messi was of the idea he could leave on a cost-free transfer after triggering a clause permitting him to terminate his agreement at the end of the season, with Manchester City quickly emerging as favourites for his trademark.
LaLiga disputed that case, however, and also insisted any kind of potential suitor would have to discuss with Barca or pay the EUR700million release stipulation in Messi’s agreement, with his choice to leave for nothing having actually ended on June 10.
Messi’s father and agent Jorge met Barca President Josep Maria Bartomeu to go over the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s future on Wednesday, prior to which he mentioned it would certainly be “tough” for his son to stay.
Nevertheless, records arised after the meeting that a transfer for Messi would likely begin a civil lawsuit, while City were likewise claimed to be unable to do a deal if a transfer charge – even one dramatically below the release stipulation – was entailed.
As a result, Messi validated on Friday he would certainly not be relocating because the alternative of a totally free transfer was no longer on the table.
He informed Goal Spain: “I thought and was sure that I was free to leave. The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not.
“Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for LaLiga in the middle of this awful coronavirus, and this disease altered all the season.
“This is the reason why I am going to continue with the club.
“Now I am going to continue because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700m clause, and this is impossible.”
Source: Ghana Waves