New York —

Lionel Messi He decided not to enable the clause that allowed him to leave the Barcelona and sign with any other club that he wanted, so the Blaugrana club ensured the Argentine’s permanence for at least one more year, that is, until June 2021.

Remember that his contract expires on that date, only that a unique and special clause allowed him to leave a year earlier without his termination clause being paid, agreed in more than $ 700 million dollars, this applied as long as the star notified his wishes to leave before May 31.

A source close to the team confirmed to ESPN that the term expired and “The flea” did not inform them of his departure, so the club will have him in their ranks until the summer of 2021.

With this decision, Messi debunks the rumors that have haunted the club in recent months about an alleged discontent that could motivate him to leave the team, first responding to some statements of Abidal and later in reference to the reduction imposed by the club in the wages of the players by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the same media, the next step for the culé directive is to put a lifelong contract on the table for the Argentine, so that he defends the Barça shirt until his retirement, although that negotiation will have to wait for the health situation to improve and both parties can sit down to discuss it.