Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona. Ten days after he served official notice of his determination to walk out of the Camp Nou, he finally announced that he would not be going after all – not because he had changed his mind,but because he had been left with no choice. Unwilling to go to court against the club who insisted he had missed the deadline allowing him to rescind his contract and threatened him with legal action if he departed unilaterally, he has been forced to continue. Messi announced his decision in an extensive interview with Goal on Friday evening and far from trying to draw a line under what has happened or paint a picture of harmony, he admitted he wanted to go and accused the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, of going back on an agreement to let him leave. The only reason he did not depart, Messi insisted, was because he did not want it to end up in a legal battle. “I would never go to court against Barcelona,” he said. Messi claimed he had repeatedly informed Bartomeu he wanted to leave throughout the season and offered a portrait of a club that “has had no… Read full this story
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