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As the Lionel Messi transfer saga rages on, there still has not been any official movement from Barcelona. The superstar made it clear last week that he wants out of Barca after the roughest season he’s experienced at the club, but it looks like he will be staying. According to Fabrizio Romano, Messi will soon announce he will stay with the club next season after a back-and-forth on Friday involving his father and agent and the Spanish league.  

So what’s the latest on his situation from all angles? Here’s what to know:

Report in Argentina says he is staying

TyC Sports in Argentina firs reported that Messi will stay with Barcelona until June 30, 2021 when his contract expires. The report suggests that Messi doesn’t want to leave in the middle of a legal battle between him and the club to avoid having a court battle between the two sides. Romano confirmed the report:

Earlier on Friday, his father and agent, Jorge Messi, claimed there is no release clause in his contract and that his son could leave for free. 

In a letter to La Liga, Jorge Messi wrote “The buyout clause does not apply in Lionel’s contract,” saying that the league misread his contract.

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