Statement by Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi has opened up about his future, confirming he will stay at Barcelona.
He told Goal:
“When I expressed my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama.
“The whole family started to cry, my children did not want to leave Barcelona or change schools.
“But I looked further and I want to compete at the highest level, win titles, play in the Champions League. You can win or lose, because it’s very difficult, but you have to compete.
“At least compete for it and don’t collapse in Rome, Liverpool, Lisbon. All this led me to think about this decision that I wanted to implement. “
“I thought and was sure I was free to go, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not. ”
“Now they’re clinging to the fact that I didn’t say it until June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the midst of this awful coronavirus and this disease has changed all season.
“And this is the reason why I will continue in the club. Now I’m going to continue at the club because the president told me the only way to leave was to pay the 700million euros (£ 624million / $ 823million) clause, and that is impossible.
“There was another way and that was to go to trial. I would never go to court against Barça because it is the club that I love, which has given me everything since I arrived.
“It’s the club of my life, I made my life here. Barça gave me everything and I gave him everything. I know it never crossed my mind to sue Barca. ”