Lionel Messi has agreed to stick with Barcelona.© AFP
Lionel Messi mentioned on Friday he’ll keep at Barcelona, insisting he may by no means go to court docket towards “the membership of his life”. However he launched a stinging assault on Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whom he accused of going again on an settlement to let him depart totally free on the finish of final season. “The president all the time mentioned that on the finish of the season I may determine if I wished to go or if I wished to remain and ultimately he did not find yourself retaining his phrase,” Messi mentioned in an interview with Purpose, launched on Friday.
“I believed and we had been positive that I used to be free. The president all the time mentioned that on the finish of the season I may determine if I stayed or not and now they maintain on to the truth that I didn’t say it earlier than June 10 when it seems that on June 10 we had been competing for the league in the midst of this shitty virus and this illness that altered all of the dates.
Messi added: “And that is the rationale why I’m going to proceed within the membership… as a result of the president advised me that the one technique to depart was to pay the 700-million-euro launch clause.
“That is not possible, after which the opposite method was to go to trial. I might by no means go to court docket towards Barca as a result of it’s the membership that I like, that gave me every little thing since I arrived, it’s the membership of my life, I’ve made my life right here.”
Messi had mentioned he wished to depart the membership he joined as a boy after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League quarter-finals in August.
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