In a new surprising development that has hardly pleased Barca fans, Ballon d’Or winner and the people’s favourite skipper Lionel Messi has reportedly handed over his notice to leave Barcelona and activated a clause that will unilaterally end his contract with the club, reports from his homeland of Argentina reveal.
The sad development was confirmed by TyC Sports this Tuesday morning claiming FC Barcelona received a message from Lionel Messi confirming his plans to depart from the team.
? Messi quiere irse del Barcelona ?— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) August 25, 2020
Leo le comunicó al club catalán que quiere abandonar el equipo. Se acogería a la cláusula de su contrato que le permite rescindir unilateralmente al final de cada temporada. pic.twitter.com/P8F0zHMa5W
This development came following 8-2 Champions League quarterfinal humiliation against eventual champions Bayern Munich last earlier this month.
Messi has been with the club since 14 December 2000. He has given his best years to the club, winning the club so many trophies – before his legs began to wane recently.
His move to cancel his contract with the only team he has ever played for was a situation neither the club nor Messi ever wanted, reports indicate.
Sonce the rumour started to circulate, it has been widely reported that his former coach, Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have been crunching numbers to work out if they were able to attract the player without breaching Financial Fair Play rules once again.
“City are figuring out if they can afford signing Messi from Barcelona without breaching Financial Fairplay Regulations”, ESPN report.
Inter Milan are also understood to be interested in bringing Messi to the San Siro.
Barcelona has not released an official statement regarding the rumours, neither has Messi openly confirmed the developments.
But It has been reported that Barcelona held an extraordinary, emergency meeting today after they received confirmation from the player.
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez is also reportedly not happy with the treatment meted out to him at the club. The Uruguayan is among those whom Barcelona are planning to offload as part of restructuring.
Another report claims that Koeman spoke to Suarez for about a minute and informed him he’s not part of his plans.