If anyone thinks that the whole saga about Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona is some kind of bluff, now’s the time to reconsider. The Argentine failed to show up for the club’s PCR test yesterday, reiterating his desire to leave the Camp Nou this summer. His stance has been reaffirmed by Brazilian journalist Marcelo Bechler who further added that Messi has already communicated his decision to the club’s hierarchy.
The current Balon d’Or wants the club to honour a clause that allows him to leave for free within 10 days after the Champions League final, which expired on the 10th of June due to the fact that the original fixture was scheduled for May 30, but was delayed until August 23 because of COVID-19.
Bechler, who was one of the first set of people to report Messi’s unhappiness at the Camp Nou, disclosed this when he was quizzed by a fan on social media as to if Messi’s decision was influenced by the arrival of Ronald Koeman and if there was an outside chance of him staying.
A young Barcelona fan waited anxiously in anticipation of Lionel Messi’s arrival for the club’s pre-season training but was left devastated when his idol refused to show up which may have confirmed that situation of his future at the club
Lionel Messi really wants to move to Manchester City
While it remains unclear if Messi can get out of his Barcelona contract, which still has one year left to run, in the current transfer window, having submitted a written transfer request on Monday. One thing that we all know is his intended destination if he manages to navigate a move away from the Catalans.
Although many clubs have been linked with the prospect of signing Lionel Messi which is no surprise owing to his immense quality. However, Manchester City is the clear favourite to land him. Messi and Pep are keen on a reunion after the duo previously worked together at Barcelona.
Under Pep Guardiola, Lionel Messi spearheaded one of the greatest club sides of all times from 2009-2012 where they won 14 major honours together. As Messi enters the twilight of his career, he is keen on spending it with the man under which he had his prime.