Barcelona’s board of directors publicly spoke for the first time after the bombing of Messi’s desire to leave the club. Technical secretary Ramon Planes spoke on the subject during the presentation of striker Francisco Trincão. The official stated that the board is working to convince him to stay.

“We have to have huge respect for Leo and for his entire history. We don’t think about any contractual (termination) clause. The marriage with Messi gave both sides a lot, a lot of joy to the fans. We are working internally to convince Messi, to seek the best solution for Barcelona and Messi” said.

Shirt 10 sent a statement to the board in which he made clear his desire not to remain on the team. The current bond runs until June 2021, but the player would use a clause in his contract that allows for unilateral termination at the end of each season.