Lionel Messi halts Barcelona contract talks past 2021 – report
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his contract with the club and is ready to leave the Catalans when his deal expires in 2021, according to reports from Spanish radio network Cadena Ser.
Sources confirmed to ESPN’s Moises Llorens that Messi is said to be angry with Barcelona’s front office about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club, such as the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde, and that he is frustrated about the squad’s lack of quality.
Messi and his father, Jorge, had begun discussing renewing Messi’s last deal with the club, which was signed in 2017, but they no longer wish to advance the negotiation, according to the Cadena Ser report.
The Argentine’s representatives and Barcelona did not immediately respond to requests for comment.