Lionel Messi reveals that next season he will be living in Barcelona. The Argentine superstar reiterated his intention to stay at the Camp Nou in a pre-recorded video message after the Barca hierarchy made it clear they would not allow him to leave on a free transfer. Enjoy reading Lionel Messi staying back at Barca for next season.
At the end of last month, the 33-year-old submitted a transfer letter, expressing a willingness to exercise a clause in his deal, allowing him to leave with immediate effect for free.
But Barca maintained that the contract expired in June and was no longer valid, maintaining that it would not be sold for anything less than its release clause of €700million (£625 m).
Now, Messi who was Manchester City desired accepted defeat in his attempt to leave the club.
But the six-time winner of the Ballon d’Or has also made it very clear that he has lost confidence in Josep Bartomeu, the club president.
‘I was not satisfied and I wanted to go,’ he said to Target.
‘I was not allowed to do this in any way and I will sit at the club to avoid getting into a legal conflict. Club management headed by Bartomeu is a catastrophe.’
‘At Barcelona I will continue and my mentality will not change, no matter how much I’ve wanted to go,’ he added.
‘I told the president & the club that I was going. I’ve told him all year.’
‘I was sadly thinking that my time in Camp Nou was over – I really wanted to finish my career here.’
‘It has been a very tough year, I have struggled a great deal in training, games and dressing room.’
‘The president always said I could decide at the end of the season whether I wanted to go or whether I wanted to stay and he didn’t end up holding his promise in the end.’
‘I needed a winning project and winning titles with the club to keep growing the Barcelona legend.’
‘The fact is that for a long time there was no idea or something, they juggle and fill the gaps as things go by.’
‘I feel wounded by comments I’ve learnt from journalists, media, journalists who challenge my Barcelonismo.’
‘It helped me see who is who too. There’s a lot of really fake people.’
‘It hurt me when you doubted my passion for this club. It will change my love for Barca.’