Lionel Messi Tells Barcelona He Wants to Leave This Summer

James Cormack
This may be it for Lionel Messi and Barcelona
This may be it for Lionel Messi and Barcelona / Pool/Getty Images
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Lionel Messi has informed Barcelona that he wants to leave the club this summer.

Rumours surrounding the great Argentine's future started to swirl following La Blaugrana's 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final two weeks ago.

Messi following his side's 8-2 defeat to Bayern
Messi following his side's 8-2 defeat to Bayern / Pool/Getty Images

However, the arrival of Ronald Koeman following the departure of Quique Setien was seen by many as a positive move in regards to persuading the Argentine to stay. That, though, doesn't appear to be the case.

Argentinian media outlet TyC Sports understands Messi has expressed his desire to leave the club to the Barça board via fax, telling them that he will activate a clause to end unilaterally his contract this summer.

Barcelona-based reporter Alfredo Martinez adds that Messi will no longer attend COVID-19 testing or training this week, with his decision said to be 'final'.

The club's hierarchy believed his gargantuan £631m buy-out clause would make a potential departure almost impossible, but Messi seems to have worked his way around it.

The 33-year-old is said to be 'furious' with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu after information was leaked from his first meeting with new boss Koeman, and a number of reports coming out of Spain have suggested the situation between Messi and Bartomeu is currently at its most 'delicate'.

Ronald Koeman was keen to see Messi stay as a key part of his project in Catalonia
Ronald Koeman was keen to see Messi stay as a key part of his project in Catalonia / JOSEP LAGO/Getty Images

The Argentine doesn't believe a winning project can be instilled at the club with Bartomeu at the helm, while the president is understood to be holding an emergency meeting on Wednesday over the recent update regarding Messi.

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