Messi turns down new Barcelona contract

Lionel Messi is set to leave Barcelona in 2021 having rejected a fresh contract, according to reports.

Spanish radio network Cadena Ser claim Messi has called off negotiations over renewing his current deal with the club and is ready to leave the club next year.

Messi and his father, Jorge, had begun talks over renewing the playmaker’s current deal, which was signed back in 2017.

But it is now evident that they no longer wish to advance negotiations. ESPN report on Friday stated that the reasons behind the decision are down to a several off-field bust-ups.

Messi is also said to be angry with Barca’s board about leaked media reports that appeared to make him seem responsible for events at the club. Reports have suggested that Messi played a role in the January sacking of coach Ernesto Valverde.

Messi is also allegedly frustrated about the quality of Barcelona’s squad.

Messi has extended his contract eight times since 2005 and it is understood his last extension carried a clause which allows him to leave at the end of any season. It is thought the Barcelona captain can only walk out of the LaLiga champions to join a team outside of Europe. Most likely he would be returning to Argentina with childhood club Newell’s Old Boys. And perhaps even be more available for the Argentina national team.