Lionel Messi will stay at Barcelona until June 30 at the earliest.
He has announced he will stay put untill the end of his contract in 2021.
“I never wanted to go to court with Barcelona because it’s the club that I love,” Messi told Goal.com as he revealed his stance.
“If that was the only way of leaving, I’m staying.”
He is now expected to return to pre-season training ahead of the start of LaLiga Santander this month.
This announcement comes after talks were held between Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Jorge Messi, Lionel‘s father and agent, this week.
During a meeting between the pair on Wednesday, Bartomeu made it very clear that he wasn’t prepared to sell Messi this summer, referring to the 700 million euro release clause in his contract.
“I thought and was sure that I was free to leave, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not,” Messi added.
“Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for LaLiga in the middle of this awful coronavirus and this disease altered all the season.
“And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club.
“Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the 700m euro clause, and that this is impossible.”
Bartomeu also refused to agree on an asking price for the Argentine this summer.
As a result, Messi has decided not to denounce his contract because he didn’t want to take the matter to court, damaging his and the club’s reputations in the process.
Furthermore, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, the clubs interested in signing him this summer, didn’t want to get involved in a transfer that would be decided in court.