‘If Messi stays, I’ll quit’ – Bartomeu

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Josep Maria Bartomeu is willing to resign as Barcelona president if Lionel Messi changes his mind and decides to stay at the Camp Nou.

The Argentine sent a burofax to the club on Tuesday asking to be leave the club due to a clause in his contract, albeit the deadline for this has passed and his deal still has one year left.

As TV3 first reported and MARCA have been able to confirm, Bartomeu will step aside if the Barcelona captain publicly agrees to stay in Catalonia.

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Now the pressure has moved to Messi, whose decision to leave is reportedly irreversible. It remains to be seen what the player’s reaction will be.

A vote of no confidence for Bartomeu has added to the pressure he is being subjected to after Messi told Barcelona that he wants out.

The 33-year-old has always denied accusations that he is in command at Barcelona and asking for the president’s resignation may not be the easiest path to take for him.

Bartomeu is determined not to negotiate Messi’s sale based on the fact that the player’s clause to leave free expired on June 10.

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