Barcelona talisman and skipper, Lionel Messi's future at the club has come under question many times this season, but a report in Mundo Deportivo claims that the Argentinian wants to stay at the Nou Camp despite his latest bust-up with the board.
Messi's relationship with the senior officials at Barcelona has not been good this season as he was involved in a public spat with technical director, Eric Abidal over his comments in the past and recently even took a dig at the board for putting pressure on the players to take a 70 percent pay cut amid the coronavirus crisis, despite revealing that the players were anyways going to do so without any intervention.
Lionel Messi says Barcelona players will take a 70% wage cut and support all club staff for as long as the coronavirus outbreak lasts 👏 pic.twitter.com/cw4m9hxgP9— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 30, 2020
"Even many times we have also done this on our own initiative, at other times when we thought it was necessary or important. Therefore, it does not cease to surprise us that from within the club there were those who tried to put us under the magnifying glass and tried to add pressure to do something that we always knew we would do," he said in a video posted on Instagram.
"In fact, if the agreement has been delayed for a few days it is simply because we were looking for a formula to help the club and also its workers in these difficult times."
As part of a clause in his contract, the 32-year-old could leave Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of the season and was supposed to hold contract talks with the club in April. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 will see those talks get postponed and it is likely that he will remain the Nou Camp for the foreseeable future.