Barcelona star Lionel Messi has called off his contract negotiations and is ready to leave the club when his current deal expires in 2021, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. The report stated Messi and his father Jorge had started discussing the renewal of his deal with the club, signed in 2017, but that he no longer wishes to stay at Camp Nou.
Apparently, Messi is unhappy about media reports that seem to blame him for events at the club, including the sacking of manager Ernesto Valverde.
Of late, Messi has become more vocal in his criticism of the cub. In January he hit out at sporting director Eric Abidal, who he said had implied the players led to Valverde being sacked.