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Football Club Barcelona has issued an official statement confirming that Messi will not extend his expired contract with the club.
Lionel Messi’s latest deal with Barca expired this summer and he was expected to commit to a new contract ahead of the new season.
The Argentine star held close door meeting with the club on Thursday. The discussions didn’t end well so he will not play for Barcelona.
The Catalan side confirmed the news a while ago saying Messi will not return to Barca.
A statement on the club’s website sighted by Kasatintin.com read:
‘Despite FC Barcelona and Lionel Messi having reached an agreement and the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, this cannot happen because of financial and structural obstacles (Spanish Liga regulations).
‘As a result of this situation, Messi shall not be staying on at FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of the player and the club will ultimately not be fulfilled.
‘FC Barcelona wholeheartedly expresses its gratitude to the player for his contribution to the aggrandisement of the club and wishes him all the very best for the future in his personal and professional life’.