Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu has said that Lionel Messi can exit Camp Nou for nothing when this season is over if that is what he wants.
Reports started circulating this week when Spanish daily, El Pais revealed a clause in Messi’s contract which allows him to rescind his deal in Spain with no cost from June 2020.
Lionel is presently under contract until 2021, after spending the majority of his career at the club.
Barca reacted to the reports by saying it was a normal courtesy they offer to legends of the club.
Josep said, “Messi signed until 2021. It was agreed that at the end of the penultimate season he is at liberty to leave for free,” the Blaugrana president told Barca TV .
“He has earned that freedom to decide his future, but he is very Cule and I am calm. Xavi, Iniesta and Puyol had the same clause.
“We couldn’t give Messi a different clause, but I repeat, I am in no doubt he will stay for many years.”
Pique also had this to say, “I already knew Messi is able to leave for free at the end of each season,”
“But we all know the commitment Leo has to Barca and it doesn’t worry me at all. He’s earned the right to be able to choose what he does with his future after everything he’s given the club.”