Messi’s announcement that he wants to leave Barcelona has sent shockwaves around the world, with the story dominating the headlines since his decision was made public.
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21:20. Enric Masip believes that Messi wants to leave Barcelona because the sporting project is adrift.
21:04. Inter are no longer interested in signing Messi and have warned Barcelona that Lautaro is not for sale.
20:26. Victor Font, a candidate for the Barcelona presidency, spoke about Messi in an interview with Sky Sports News. “I hope he can change his mind, but it doesn’t seem likely.”
Font also explained why he is asking for current president, Bartomeu’s resignation: This board of directors have shown they aren’t prepared to make this type of decision and for this reason that we have asked for his immediate resignation and to bring forward next year’s planned elections.”
19:40. Messi’s teammate Frenkie de Jong spoke to Fox Sports and although he doesn’t know what will happen regarding the Argentine’s future, he is hopeful Messi will stay at Barcelona. “I hope that Leo continues [at Barcelona] when he does come back, but that isn’t something which depends on me. He is still in the team [WhatsApp] group though.”
18:58. Jorge Messi, Lionel’s father, has left Argentina and is on his way to meet Bartomeu in Barcelona. The meeting will be held on Wednesday and could possibly continue into Thursday as the player’s future is thrashed out.
17:07. Jordi Mestre, former vice president of Barcelona, hopes Messi stays at Barcelona.
“I have to be optimistic and hope that, in the end, Messi will reconsider and can continue at the club,” he told El Larguero.
“For the good of Barcelona, Messi and Spanish football too.”
15:57. Jorge Messi will meet with Bartomeu on Wednesday, according to TyC Sports,
15:30. Manchester City defender Eric Garcia insists Leo Messi’s possible arrival has not been discussed by his teammates.
“At Manchester City, we haven’t yet started pre-season, so nothing has been said about Messi possibly arriving,” he said at a press conference.
“I imagine that many clubs would want to have him, but I am going to evade whether it would be good for the team.”
13:16. Former Barcelona vice-president and presidential candidate for next year’s elections, Emili Rousaud, believes Messi’s desire to leave is down to Josep Maria Bartomeu.
“Messi’s departure is associated with the sporting failure of Bartomeu’s management,” he told Impacto Cordoba.
12:00. The Barcelona boardroom is split over the future of Leo Messi just days before Josep Maria Bartomeu and the player’s father Jorge are due to meet.
The club has made it clear that Messi will not be sold unless a club is willing to pay the release clause set out in his contract which is 700 million euros, yet other board members feel that the club are better off cashing in on the Argentine to build for the future.
9:44. Jorge Valdano spoke about his fellow countryman’s future.
“Either he goes to another club, or he goes home,” he told Onda Cero’s El Transistor.
“The sooner Barcelona realise that they’re going to lose him, the sooner they can focus on rebuilding.”
9:18. According to El Partidazo, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have not made an offer for the Argentine since with his contract dispute not yet resolved, and they won’t pay a 100 million euros fee plus wages, nor are they willing to exchange players to land him.
9:00. Jorge Messi, Leo’s father, was expected to show up in Barcelona on Monday but failed to make an appearance, while the player himself didn’t turn up for training.