Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has informed the club that he no longer considers himself employed by the Spanish giants.
According to reports, the Argentine superstar has refused to join up with the clubs pre-season camp and it will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds in the coming weeks.
The 33-year-old has refused to take a routine coronavirus test that is mandatory before he begins pre-season with the Spanish club.
Messi is desperate to leave the club this summer after a disastrous season where Barcelona failed to win the Spanish League title and the Champions League.
Barcelona were beaten by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the two competitions respectively.
Messi wants to leave the club on a free transfer but Barcelona insist that his release clause of 700 million euros will have to be paid if a club wants to sign the player in the coming weeks.
The player’s lawyers believe that he has a clause in his contract that can be extended up until the end of the August and it allows the player to leave for nothing this summer.
It is evident that both parties are on a collision course now.
Furthermore, the Spanish League have now intervened into the matter and they seem to have sided with Barcelona. A statement from the League authorities claimed that Barcelona’s release clause is valid and Messi’s suitors will have to pay 700 million euros if they want to sign him.
It will be interesting to see how the two parties sort out this legality issue and it seems that a messy few weeks are on the horizon for the club and the player.