Lionel Messi Decides On His Future At Barcelona Amid Exit Rumours

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reportedly decided to stay at the club despite the recent controversy surrounding him, president Josep Bartomeu and Eric Abidal.

Written By Minaam Ansari | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has made up his mind on his future at the club amid the on-going controversy at Camp Nou. According to Sky Sports, Messi has decided that he will continue at his boyhood club. He is tied with the Catalans until 2021.

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Lionel Messi transfer: Player decides to stay at Barcelona

Lionel Messi was involved in a controversy with club president Josep Bartomeu and sporting director Eric Abidal. There were rumours of the Argentine looking to secure a move away from Camp Nou at the end of the current season. However, the player has now made up his mind to stay at the club and is also negotiating to extend his stay.

Eric Abidal had recently criticised former manager Ernesto Valverde as well as club legend Xavi over managerial changes at Barcelona. He had also slammed certain players of the squad for lack of efforts on the field. Lionel Messi responded to the criticism by asking Abidal to mention the names.

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Lionel Messi transfer: He was linked to Manchester City

There were also reports in Spain that Lionel Messi wanted the resignation of president Josep Bartomeu or he would prefer to leave the club. Messi was rumoured to be linked with Manchester City due to his proximity with manager Pep Guardiola. The duo had worked together at Barcelona, winning several accolades in their four seasons together (2008-12).

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Lionel Messi transfer: Reports of special clause in Argentine's contract

There were reports that Messi’s contract had a special clause which allowed the player to leave the club at the end of the current season as a free agent. This led to rumours that Manchester City, Manchester United, Inter Milan and Juventus would try to bid for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s signature. However, recent reports put to rest all the rumours.

Lionel Messi-led Barcelona were knocked out of Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao in the quarter-final round. The Catalans are also trailing in LaLiga, courtesy of Real Madrid’s three-point lead over the defending LaLiga Champions. Barcelona will next play against Real Betis on Sunday.

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