Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reportedly asking Lionel Messi to lower his wages after denying his £623m release clause.
Barcelona ace Lionel Messi was reportedly asking to exit from the Camp Nou side. Due to a remarkable loss in UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich in the semifinals. Which became the turning point of Lionel Messi’s mind.
Along with this Lionel Messi also had misunderstandings with the club’s management team. As he was not happy with the Ex-coach Quique Setien’s decision and managing style. So he was asking to leave the club this summer transfer window.
Lionel Messi had the contract with the Catalans till 2021 summer with the release clause of £623m. But he was asking to decrease his release clause and hoping to join the Pep Guardiola’s side Manchester City.
English Premier League side also tried to negotiate with Barcelona to decrease his release clause. Also offered in different ways while negotiating but Barcelona didn’t step back from their agreement.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu will ask Lionel Messi to cut his wages.
According to a report from the Spanish TV channel Cuatro, Josep Maria Bartomeu will ask Lionel Messi to lower his wages for the 2020-2021 season. However, Lionel Messi joined Barcelona for this season by denying to pay his €700m release clause.
Reports claim that Lionel Messi’s relation with Josep Maria Bartomeu is not good. So it might impact on him for the 2020-21 season at Barcelona. He had fallen out with the clubs president for many of the time. That’s why he would pressurize him.
Recently, Lionel Messi had the weekly wages of £988,000 as per the Cuatro report. But Josep Bartomeu will ask him to lower his fees for the next season. Because the club is suffering from financial loss due to pandemic.
Reason behind Lionel Messi stayed at the club for the next season
Catalan’s starlet Lionel Messi previously had the interview with the Goal. At that time he said that President Josep Maria Bartomeu always told me that I am free to leave at any time. He also stated that you decide at the end of the season whether to leave or stay at the club.
But now they pointing towards the agreement and saying that you didn’t tell us before June 10, 2020. So you have to pay your release clause of €700m if wanted to leave the club, Lionel Messi added while speaking at Goal.
After then, Lionel Messi continued and said that the President also told there is another way to leave the club i.e go to trial. But the reason behind not going to court against Barcelona because I love playing at Barcelona.
Also, Barcelona had given me everything. But I wanted to leave because I want to live my last years of football with the full of happiness. I didn’t get at this club but the only way to leave the club was to go against the Barcelona club at court and I not want to it. Instead of that, I decided to stay at the club for next season.
Overall, Lionel Messi training with Barcelona for the coming La Liga season under newly appointed manager Ronald Koeman. He was also part of the pre-season matches. Therefore, Barcelona will start their season against Villareal on 27 September 2020 at Camp Nou.