This is according to TyC Sports in Argentina, which reports that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu asked Messi’s father Jorge to try to convince his son to stay at Camp Nou in a 90-minute meeting. Wednesday evening.
It is understood that Bartomeu’s message has been conveyed to Messi, who will now rethink his decision to leave the club this summer and may instead choose to wait until his contract expires in 2021.
“Messi is seriously considering staying at Barcelona until 2021 and leaving through the front door at the end of his contract,” TyC Sports said.
The 33-year-old had previously been adamant about his desire to leave Barcelona, submitting a transfer request in mid-August before failing to report at the start of the club’s pre-season under new head coach Ronald Koeman.
However, the player and the club have been at odds over his departure amount, with the Argentine believing he is free to leave due to a clause in his contract, which says he can do so, provided inform Barcelona of this before the end of the season.
Barcelona believe the clause expired in June and will instead ask interested parties to abide by Messi’s $ 825million release clause – a position which has been supported by Spanish football authorities.
Messi is expected to confirm his decision on Thursday, according to TyC Sports.
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