Messi Free To Leave Before End Of Season But Barca Calm – Bartomeu

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Messi can leave Barcelona at the end of the season / Photo file: AFP

Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu finally cleared the air on Messi’s future — said on Friday that Barcelona are not borthered about Lionel Messi’s future, despite the world class footballer being able to leave the club at the end of the season.

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Lionel Messi signed a fresh four-year contract with Barca in 2017, but Bartomeu says he is free to end his deal before it last date.

“Leo Messi has a contract through to the 2020/21 season, but the player is able to leave Barca before the final season,” Bartomeu told Barcelona’s in-house television channel.

“It’s the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. There are players who deserve such liberty, and we shouldn’t worry, as they are very committed to Barcelona.

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“We want Messi to play for Barca through to 2021 and beyond. We are very calm.”

Messi, Barca’s record goalscorer, is currently out injured with a calf injury, with the team struggling in his absence, managing to collect just four points from their opening three La Liga matches.

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