Lionel Messi makes a non-negotiable demand to stay past 2021

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) /

Lionel Messi has agreed to stay at Barcelona until 2021, but will contemplate beyond that tenure depending on numerous developments.

Lionel Messi announced in a recent interview that he will be staying at Barcelona, at least until the expiry of his contract in 2021. The 33-year-old said that he wanted to leave but was held hostage by the Blaugrana in the process where he also slammed Josep Maria Bartomeu, labelling his board of directors at the club as a disaster.

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Whether the Argentina international will be staying beyond the end of his current association depends on several other factors and one of them is certainly a revamp of the existing roster. Lautaro Martinez and Neymar are wanted at the club by the Argentina international, but he has made a crucial demand, Diario GOL claims.

Luis Suarez should stay at the Camp Nou if Barca want their greatest player to extend his stay beyond next season. The Uruguay international however has already been deemed surplus to requirements by newly appointed coach Ronald Koeman and is closing in on a sensational move to Juventus to join forces with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Bianconeri have reached a personal agreement with the player and his representatives for a switch in the upcoming weeks, but what’s remaining is only the way in which the Catalans will release Suarez. The striker wants a sizeable portion of his remain salary paid to him to break the contract, whereas Barca are demanding a minimal fee from Juventus.

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Messi’s request has not gone down well among the senior players of the club, such as Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, because the Spaniards rightly believe that the winger isn’t looking at the footballing and improvement aspects, but only wants to fight for personal interests by keeping one of his closest friends at the club.

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