The captain of the Catalonia giants, Barcelona FC, Lionel Messi has formally informed club officials he intends to leave the club this summer after a 19 year stint with the club.
New Dutch gaffer Ronald Koeman, has been trying to talk to messi after the club asked all team members to leave except four players but reports say Messi made his intention known to the club by fax on Tuesday.
TYC Sports reported that Messi referred the Barcelona board about a clause in his contract which allows him to depart for free at the end of each season, instead of triggering the £632m buy-out clause.
Against suggestions that the exit clause expired in May, Messi’s lawyers believe the expiration date can be shifted, because the coronavirus extended the season till August.
The argument is that the football season did not end in Europe until last Sunday, when the final of the UEFA Champions League was played between PSG and Bayern Munich.
Some Spanish news outlets said the Club has confirmed Messi’s plan to leave. The club confirmed this to The Associated Press on Tuesday.
But it also said it would seek legal advice on the clause that Messi has relied upon to leave the club.
Messi, 33, had spent almost all his football years in Barcelona.
If he leaves Barcelona, clubs such as Manchester City and PSG may likely hire him.
Things turned upside down fo Barca after the team lost in the quarterfinals to Bayern Munich, Several players indicated intention to leave and a new Manager was hired within 72 hours.
Barca was humiliated 2-8 by Bayern Munich and it was the first time Messi would not appear at least in the semifinal of the European Champions cup in a decade same with his rival, Ronaldo of Juventus.