Lionel Messi ‘decides to join’ Man City and seeks Barcelona contract termination

Lionel Messi has made the decision to join Manchester City this summer after telling Barcelona he wants to leave.

The Argentine has shocked the footballing world after handing in a transfer request at the Nou Camp.

It follows a number of decisions that have contributed to his unhappiness.

The first this season started when he told Barca chiefs not to sack Ernesto Valverde, only for them to go ahead with the decision.

Quique Setien came in, only to infuriate the 33-year-old after Los Cules were thrashed in the Champions League when Bayern Munich.

That saw the former Real Betis coach sacked and replaced with Ronald Koeman, who reportedly told Messi that he will no longer have any privileges with the squad.

And that has appeared to be the final straw as he eyes a departure.

And according to Esporte, Messi has decided that he wants to join City in this transfer window.

Furthermore, the mercurial superstar is working on a way that he can be freed from his contract at Barcelona.

Whether or not the Nou Camp chiefs accept his terms is another matter, despite a clause in his contract.

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A condition detailed in his Barca deal reveals that Messi could leave the club if he wanted to for nothing, but that expired in June while both parties are on a collision course.

Messi believes the clause should be extended due to the fact that the Covid-19 crisis has decimated the footballing calendar.

A move to City would certainly be a surprise to the world, though if the Argentina international were to leave Barcelona the Etihad has been made a favourite among the bookies.

It is largely down to Pep Guardiola, who still retains an excellent relationship with Messi.

“The best thing about him is not what he does but how simple he makes everything look,” the City manager once said in an interview with L’Esportiu.

“He is not just the best player because he can dribble past three or four players, it is because he does it better than anyone in the world.”

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