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Messi, unlikely to change mind on Barcelona exit

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Lionel Messi 33, is unlikely to change his mind about leaving FC Barcelona, a presidential candidate in the Spanish club’s elections, Victor Font, has said.

Messi rocked FC Barcelona last month when his lawyers told the club he wanted to activate a clause in his contract.

It is a clause that will allow him to leave for free before the 2020/2021 season.

The club disputed the claim, saying the clause expired on June 10, with La Liga also releasing a statement saying his contract was still valid.

But Font is not optimistic about convincing Messi to stay another year.

“I really hope the decision can be changed,” Font said.

Messi loves the club and he wants to win, he wants to compete. He has been saying this for many, many years, it’s not just been for a few weeks.

“Unfortunately the club has not been able to deliver on the promise of building a competitive team.”

Messi, last won the UEFA Champions League with FC Barcelona in 2015.

Messi, who failed to turn up for pre-season training on Monday, had previously labelled his side “weak” and “inconsistent” after surrendering the league title to rivals Real Madrid.

The club has spent millions on players in the transfer market who have not come good in recent years.

Transfer strategy is now something Font hopes to change if he is elected president.

“Currently you have the president, the chairman of the board and even some directors making decisions about signings, about selling players and that needs to be changed,” Font added.

He hopes to succeed president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the election next March.

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“That’s why we’ve been working on a project and we need people to lead that who come from the world of football.”

Lionel Messi’s father and agent headed to FC Barcelona on Tuesday for what Argentine media said was a meeting with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Television pictures showed Jorge Messi boarding a private plane in Rosario.

The plane was destined for the U.S., from where he would proceed to Spain, local newspapers Ole and Capital de Rosario reported.

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