Lionel Messi considers his Barcelona contract finished and did not report for training today, as he continues to push for a move away from the Catalan giants.
Messi stunned the footballing world when he presented the club’s board with a transfer request following the conclusion of what was a disappointing 2019-20 campaign for the Catalan side, insistent that he had a clause in his deal that would allow him to leave the club on a free transfer.
Messi, though, continues to stand firm and has distanced himself further from the Camp Nou outfit.
He failed to show up for coronavirus screening on Sunday and will not join his team-mates for training as he no longer considers himself part of Ronald Koeman’s squad.
There had been speculation that the Argentine, might change his mind if current president Josip Maria Bartomeu quit his role, but according to one of the men gunning to take the position, Toni Freixa, that will not be the case.
Pep Guardiola’s side are presently leading the chase for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who believes he has a clause in his contract eligible to allow him to leave on a free transfer, despite La Liga ruling otherwise.