Lionel Messi is determined to depart Barcelona this summer, however, the star player wants to meet the board and leave Camp Nou on good terms, according to Goal.com.
The Argentine footballer told his club on Tuesday that he wants an exit after remaining nearly two decades at Barca, having progressed through their academy and emerged as one of the best footballers in the world.
The situation between Barca and the 33-year-old footballer has greatly worsened in recent months, with the forward displeased over the club’s several decisions, including the sale of Neymar and the dismissal of the manager Ernesto Valverde earlier this campaign.
And the humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League further increased his anger and now he has reportedly handed in a transfer request to the club.
It looked initially that the Argentina international would try to trigger a clause in his contract that would end his deal with the La Liga side and make him free to join any club. However, that clause expired earlier and it was said that the experienced footballer’s legal team would defend its validity until the end of the season because it was extended due to the Coronavirus.
According to the Goal report, the football superstar is now seeking a meeting with the board to talk about his exit from the club, so he could leave Camp Nou on good terms.
Messi wants to avoid a long pubic war with the Catalans, with his transfer wish already causing great controversy, with supporters of the club protesting and asking for the resignation of the president.