Barcelona/Bhubaneswar: Lionel Messi will not continue at FC Barcelona after negotiations regarding a new contract broke down, the club announced on Thursday.
“Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations),” the club said in a statement.
“As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
“FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life,” the statement concluded.
Messi’s contract at the Catalan club ended this summer, making him a free agent. A number of clubs including Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be keeping tabs on the Argentine’s situation at Barcelona.
Details to follow.