FC Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will not be returning to the club after failing to agree on a new deal.
There was talk that a deal had been agreed and the club were set to announce it before Sunday’s clash against Juventus in the Joan Gamper Trophy.
However, Marca have reported that Messi has ‘never been further away’ from signing a new deal at the Camp Nou after fresh talks on Thursday.
It is believed the talks with the Argentine’s representatives did not go well for the club and it looks increasingly certain that the talisman could end up leaving.
The Catalan giants have now confirmed that Messi and the club will be parting ways.
| OFFICIAL: LEO MESSI LEAVES BARCELONA!
Official statement from Barcelona
“Despite having reached an agreement between Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it will not be possible to formalize due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations).
Faced with this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue to be linked to Barcelona. The two parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled.
Barça wants to thank with all the heart the player’s contribution to the aggrandizement of the institution and wishes him the best in his personal and professional life”.
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