- Josep Bartomeu has finally cleared the air over claims that Messi will leave Camp Nou
- The Barcelona president says the Argentine star will go nowhere
- Bartomeu insists that Messi wants to end his career at Barcelona
Following reports that Lionel Messi could possibly quit Barcelona when his contract with the club lapses next year, the club president Josep Bartomeu has claimed that the player wants to remain with them.
Reports from Spain have it that Messi is threatening to leave the Catalan club when his contract expires in the summer of 2021 after he has been fingered for many issues within the squad.
According to Spanish outlet Cadena Ser radio, the Argentine star called off negotiations regarding the renewal of his present contract which he signed in 2017.
The 33-year-old star and his father Jorge had been in contract talks with Barcelona management recently, but the player his yet to put pen to paper.
It was gathered that Messi is upset the club’s board members with leaked media reports suggesting he is the one masterminding events at Camp Nou.
However, Bartomeu has claimed that Messi is very committed to the club insisting the Argentine wants to end his career with the Blaugrana.
"I'm not going to give details of the negotiations, but he has said many times that he wants to finish his career at Barcelona," Bartomeu said.
"Messi wants to continue at Barca and he wants to end (his career) here." Bartomeu added that the six-time Ballon d'Or winner still has a lot to do for the club while both parties will enjoy his stay in Spain.
Barcelona picked up their first win in three games after a convincing 4-1 win against Villarreal on Sunday, July 5, at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could finally form a formidable Juventus attack as football agents are dreaming of a sensational team-up for the fierce rivals with reports that the Argentine is set to leave the Spanish giants.
Messi’s contract at the Catalan club will expire next year and he is yet to put pen on paper for a further extension, raising concerns about his future.
According to former Brazilian star, Rivaldo, football agents are teaming up for a possibility of getting Messi to switch to Juventus when his contract lapses.
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