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Sport Barcelona wants face-to-face meeting to change Messi’s mind

19:30  01 september  2020
19:30  01 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

Questions surround Messi’s future amid Barcelona chaos

  Questions surround Messi’s future amid Barcelona chaos Barcelona will choose a new coach in the coming days, and it may have a new president next year. The club is also promising “wide-ranging” and “profound” structural changes after one of its most humiliating defeats ever — the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Friday. The one big question that remains is whether it will be able to keep Lionel Messi. The team’s biggest star for more than a decade has a contract with Barcelona until 2021, but he hasn’t been hiding his dissatisfaction with the club.Messi has been more outspoken than ever this season, talking about the team’s problems and pointing to poor decisions by club directors.

Messi used the same burofax service to informed the club on Tuesday that he wants to leave Barcelona immediately as the club faced increased A battle between Messi ’ s lawyers and the club looks sure to follow, with Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Internazionale all believed to be

A Barcelona fan poses in front of graffiti of want -away captain Lionel Messi - Reuters / NACHO DOCE. With his father and representative Jorge scheduled to arrive from Rosario any day now, Messi ’ s camp have attempted to schedule a meeting with Barca top brass that has been rebuffed.

Barcelona is banking on a face-to-face meeting with Lionel Messi to try to convince him to stay.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi leaves the pitch after the the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Bayern won the match 8-2. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Lionel Messi leaves the pitch after the the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Bayern won the match 8-2. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP)

Talks with Messi’s father, who is also his agent, are expected this week in Barcelona, but the club also hopes to sit down with the player himself.

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Barcelona said Messi was the only player who did not undergo the tests at the club's training center. The club also reiterated its stance not to negotiate Messi ' s early release, saying president Josep Bartomeu will only sit down with the player if it is to extend his contract beyond next season.

Messi has been offered a two-year contract extension, a club official with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

The contract would run through the 2022-23 season. Both sides had already pre-agreed on most of the terms a few months ago, according to the club official.

Barcelona and Messi have yet to talk directly since the Argentine said last week that he wanted to leave the club. He made his announcement 11 days after the season ended in an 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi walks win the pitch during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez/Pool) © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Lionel Messi walks win the pitch during the Champions League quarterfinal match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez/Pool)

The humiliating defeat on Aug. 14 capped a complicated season for Barcelona, the first without a title since 2007-08.

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Barcelona want to sign Neymar to please Lionel Messi (Image: GETTY). His future continues to be a talking point, with Barca poised to reignite their interest in the summer. However, Barca reportedly believe they can change his mind if they bring in Neymar, because the Brazilian is the player Messi

Messi then invoked a clause that would allow him to leave for free at the end of the season, but Barcelona said the clause expired in June. Messi’s staff is expected to claim that the end of the season was pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Neither side has yet to concede, with Messi not showing up for training along with the rest of the squad this week and Barcelona saying it will not facilitate his departure.

Barcelona reiterated its stance that it wants Messi to remain with the club and that it is not planning to negotiate his transfer. His contract ends in June 2021 and has a buyout clause of 700 million euros ($838 million).

Club president Josep Bartomeu first talked to Messi’s father over the phone after the loss to Bayern and was told that Messi was frustrated and disappointed. They talked again a few times after Messi announced his decision to leave, but the first personal meeting between the two was expected to happen in the coming days.

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Lionel Messi and Barcelona 'war' predicted as Man City tipped to agree £89m transfer deal (Image: GETTY). "I find it hard to see an outcome where Messi , who's missed the medical preparation and can't Messi ' s father and agent Jorge is expected to meet with Barca president Josep Bartomeu on

Lionel Messi feels ‘traumatised’ from the alleged Barcelona social media scandal, reports say. And, while the La Liga giants want to keep him, the Messi feels Barcelona have got their managers wrong, believing they were wrong to sack Ernesto Valverde for Quique Setien and believes Ronald

Barcelona's Lionel Messi leaves the pitch at half time during the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Barcelona's Lionel Messi leaves the pitch at half time during the Champions League quarterfinal soccer match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (Rafael Marchante/Pool via AP)

The club hopes, though, that it can solve the problem by meeting with Messi in person and convincing him that the best decision for him is to stay.

Messi, who has often said in the past that he wanted to finish his career with Barcelona, has not publicly expressed his reasons for wanting to leave. He never directly named Bartomeu in his criticism of the club, but the president said last week he was willing to resign if Messi cited him as the problem.

Barcelona said it was not talking to any clubs about a possible transfer but it was open to negotiating for the players who incoming coach Ronald Koeman said were not included in his plans, including Luis Suárez, Arturo Vidal and Samuel Umtiti.

Ivan Rakitic, who also was in that list, was signed by Sevilla on Tuesday.

The three others have been training with the rest of the squad for now, including Suárez, a longtime teammate and friend of Messi. The club said there was no agreement reached yet for his transfer.

Barcelona will start the new season against Villarreal in the Spanish league at the end of September.

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