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Lionel Messi’can Depart’ Barcelona in the end of Year, says Team president

Last updated on September 7, 2019

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu stated on Friday the Spanish giants aren’t concerned about Lionel Messi’s near future, regardless of the Argentinian star being in a position to leave the club at the close of the season. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner signed up a brand new pupil deal with Barca at 2017, but Bartomeu says he’s free to finish his contract ahead. “Leo Messi has a contract through into the 2020/21 year, but the participant can leave Barca before the last year,” Bartomeu informed Barcelona’s in-house tv station.

“It is the same situation as with the last contracts which Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. They’re players that deserve that freedom, and we should not worry since they’re very dedicated to Barca.

“We need Messi to perform Barca through to 2021 and beyond. We’re extremely calm.”