BREAKING: Messi confirms he will stay at Barca this season

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Messi, 33, told the Spanish club Barcelona he wants to end their 20-year association this summer after the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The 6 times Balon dor winner, sent a fax to Barca last Tuesday saying he wanted to exercise a clause in his contract which he said allowed him to leave for free.

But the club insisted his €700m (£624m) release clause would have to be met. Messi told Goal,

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“It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room.

“The president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end, he did not end up keeping his word.

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“I will continue at Barcelona and my attitude won’t change, no matter how much I have wanted to go.

“I told the club, the president, that I wanted to go. I’ve been telling him all year.

“I thought my time in Barcelona was over, sadly – I always wanted to finish my career here.”

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“I would never go to court against the club of my life. That’s why I’m staying”.

The Argentine confirms that he’ll stay with Barcelona for the final year of his contract.