Messi wants to quit Barcelona

Lionel Messi has made his intention to exit Barcelona on a free transfer known to the club’s management, according to reports.

Messi had reportedly informed new manager Ronald Koeman that he felt “more out than in”, he has sent a fax to Barcelona informing them if his desire to go.

Forrmer Barcelona skipper, Carles Puyol expressed his support for Messi via Twitter, while striker Luis Suarez also seemingly backed the decision.

His camp believes that a clause in his contact means that he can walk away for no fee. Barcelona, by contrast, insist that he is still bound by a 700m Euros buy-out clause.

Barcelona are yet to react officially, but they continue to insist that he is part of Koeman’s plans and that if he is to depart, his official price is 700m Euros. Messi’s contract expires next summer, suggesting that they would be forced to negotiate with potential buyers.

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