Bartomeu confirms Messi could leave for free in 2020

The Barca chief spoke about the Argentine but he's calm

 El presidente azulgrana explicó el contrato del argentino y por qué puede irse antes de la 2020/2021 | Barça TV

Jordi Gil

Lionel Messi's future has been discussed in the last few days because El Pais revealed that he has a clause in his contract which lets him walk away at the end of each season if he feels like it. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that on Barca TV in his interview on Friday night.

"Messi has a contract that we signed two years ago and it runs for four years. Before the last season, 2020-21, he can leave Barcelona, retire from football or play where he likes," explained Bartomeu.

"Iniesta, Xavi and Puyol also had those clauses. For those players and Leo Messi, we don't need to worry. I doubt he'd want to play for another club, but he has earned liberty over his future. He's a big Barca fan and I have no doubt he'll want to continue until 2021 and we hope another year too."



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