The Argentine will finish the current season at the Camp Nou, but could he be ready to leave next summer?
Lionel Messi shocked the football world when he announced that he wanted to leave Barcelona at the end of the 2019-20 season.
Messi’s desire to leave the Catalan team was due to the club’s poor performances, lack of improvement in the squad and tumultuous off-court politics.
In an exclusive interview with objective, Messi revealed that he had decided to stay because he wanted to avoid taking his beloved club to court, the only available route to cancel his contract, but since his current contract still expires in 2021, could he leave the club? in a free transfer?
Can Messi leave Barcelona for free in 2021?
Given that Messi’s current contract with Barcelona expires at the end of the 2020-21 season, he could still leave the Camp Nou for free in the summer of 2021.
Messi’s contract release clause (or buy-out clause) is € 700 million (£ 630 million / $ 825 million), which was implemented when Messi signed a new four-year contract with Barcelona in 2017.
This clause, however, will expire at the end of his current contract, paving the way for him to join another club as a free agent.
By entering the last 12 months of your current contract, you will have the freedom to speak with interested clubs outside of Spain starting in January 2021.
“I thought and was sure that I was free to go, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not,” said Messi. objective.
“Now they hold on to the fact that I didn’t say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the middle of this terrible coronavirus and this disease was altered all season.
“And this is the reason why I will continue at the club. Now I’m going to continue at the club because the president told me that the only way out was to pay the 700 million euro clause, and that this is impossible.
Manchester City is a potential destination for the Barcelona superstar, and Messi is considering a possible reunion with former coach Pep Guardiola.
Etihad’s team was reportedly the favorite for Messi’s signing last summer, and Man City believes they have the financial prowess to sign the legendary forward.
The club’s director of operations, Omar Berrada, told the Manchester evening news having previously been linked to Messi: “He is an incredible talent, he is someone who can have a significant impact on any club in the world on and off the pitch immediately.
“He is the best player in the world, he is the best player of his generation. I think any club in the world would like to explore the possibility of him joining their team.
“The fact that it was said that he wanted to come and play for City just shows how far the team has come in recent years where the best talent of his generation is and potentially saying that he wants to come and play for us.”