- Lionel Messi has reportedly been persuaded to remain at Barcelona by Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal
- Other senior members of the squad including Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique have been silent
- Messi has asked to leave Barcelona this summer after clashing with top brass of the club
Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona is not being supported by club outcasts Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal, reports claim.
The 33-year-old has refused to turn up for training after expressing his desire to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season.
According to Sky Sports, some of Messi's teammates have remained silent on the matter with the exception of Suarez and Vidal.
Despite being told on the phone by new boss Ronald Koeman that he was not part of his plans Suarez still wishes the Argentine would stay at Barca.
On the other hand, Vidal whose services are needed at the Camp Nou also wants the charismatic captain to remain with La Blaugrana.
However, senior members including Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets have been silent on the issue signalling the duo are indifferent with whatever happens to their long-term teammate.
Messi wants to leave Barca as a free agent, but the club have stated that his £632 million release clause must be activated before he can be let off the hook.
His father Jorge is expected to meet with Barcelona chiefs on Wednesday to hold showdown talks.
Manchester City are the club leading in the race to sign the Argentinian captain, but Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with Messi.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona could lead the outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to jail or a heavy fine, according to reports from Spain.
The club are ready not to let go of the 33-year-old unless his £632 million release clause is met and this is against the captain's wish who wants to leave as a free agent.
Messi has threatened legal action against the club and Bartomeu is standing in the way of the Argentine star who could face a jail term, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balagu.
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