Barcelona’s all-time leading goal scorer, Lionel Messi says he is staying because it is “impossible” for any team to pay his release clause and he does not want to face the club in court.
The 33-year-old Argentine, sent a fax to Barca last Tuesday saying he wanted to exercise a clause in his contract which he said allowed him to leave for free.
But the club said his 700m euro release clause would have to be met.
Speaking with Goal, Messi said he thought and was sure that he was free to leave, adding that president always said that at the end of the season he could decide if he is staying or not.
According to the football star, the reason he is going to continue in the club is that the president told him that the only way to leave was to pay the 700m clause and that this is impossible.”
Messi, whose contract expires next summer, says the fact he did not tell Barcelona he wanted to leave before 10 June was crucial, and had he done so his release clause would not have had to be met.
The Barcelona star, who has been at in the club for 20 years, told the club he wanted to leave nine days after their 8-2 aggregate defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champion League semi-finals.