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Messi To Stay Put In Barcelona

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Video novid Featured Not Featured Language English BARCELONA Spain Reuters Lionel Messi ended speculation about his future at Barcelona by announcing on Friday that he would reluctantly stay for another season rather than tackle his career long club in court 6 weeks free trial test drive best in the biz Deposit with Bitcoin They ll double it Get your own domain customized website logo Switch in under an hour earn mrore for doing so Odds featured on DonBest com Thousands of betting options daily live in play Easy and discreet payment options include gift cards Walmart gift cards also acceptedStart Earning Money From Your Sheet Here A week after saying he wanted to leave the Liga side and with a contract row still raging the 33 year old six time player of the year gave the news Barca fans were hoping for In doing so however the Argentine forward took a big swipe at the club rsquo s hierarchy ldquo I wasn rsquo t happy and I wanted to leave I have not been allowed this in any way and I will STAY at the club so as not to get into a legal dispute rdquo he was quoted as saying by Goal com ldquo The management of the club led by president Josep Maria Bartomeu is a disaster ldquo I told the club the president in particular that I wanted to leave They knew this since the start of the past season I told them during all of the last 12 months But I will stay here because I don rsquo t want to start a legal war rdquo By remaining at the Catalan club for the fourth and final year of his contract Messi is in line for a 63 million pounds 83 38 million loyalty bonus and will be able to leave without a transfer fee Earlier on Friday Messi rsquo s father and representative Jorge had insisted in a letter to La Liga that a 700 million euros 828 03 million release clause in the player rsquo s contract was not valid and his son could leave for free However despite the standoff between the Messi c and Barcelona and La Liga the player has ended the impasse and will see out his contract with the club with whom he has won more than 30 major trophies and scored over 600 goals CLUBS DISAPPOINTED The news that Messi will be staying at the Nou C albeit reluctantly will disappoint the clubs who were hoping to sign the iconic forward including Premier League Manchester City managed by his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola Argentine pay TV station TYC Sports which has close links with Messi had reported earlier on Friday that Messi was poised to stay with the Catalan club he joined as a teenager Advertisement The situation was further complicated when Jorge Messi wrote to La Liga president Javier Tebas dismissing their claim that the release clause still applied if his son wished to leave He accused La Liga who on Sunday backed Barca rsquo s stance of making an error in their interpretation of the contract ldquo First we do not know what contract you have analysed and on what grounds you conclude that there is a lsquo release clause rsquo applicable in the case of him deciding to unilaterally end his contract from the end of the 2019 20 season rdquo he wrote in a letter published on social media ldquo It is obvious that the compensation of 700 million euros provided for in the previous clause does not apply at all rdquo La Liga responded to Jorge Messi rsquo s letter by saying it stood by a statement in support of Barcelona issued on Sunday Messi dropped the bombshell last week that he wanted to leave the club and that he could do so on a free transfer On Sunday he failed to show up for a pre season medical making a move away look even more likely FILE PHOTO Soccer Football La Liga Santander FC Barcelona v Alaves C Nou Barcelona Spain August 18 2018 Barcelona s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their third goal REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo His lawyers wanted to invoke a clause in his four year contract signed in 2017 which would have allowed the forward to leave the club for free if he had requested it by June 10 They argued that that date mdash nominally the end of the season mdash was irrelevant after the novel coronavirus pandemic forced an extension of the La Liga c aign deep into August General Category Football News Topic European Football Soccer Gambling News Sports Betting Sports Soccer Image

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