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Messi admits he wanted to leave Barcelona

Messi says tax problems made him want to leave Barcelona Messi admits he wanted to leave Barcelona
Cary Erickson | 11 October, 2019, 06:31

"But I have already told them that sometimes you have to think about what is best for your family".

Griezmann has scored three goals for Barcelona so far this season. For the time being, I had it in solutions to depart, no longer on sage of I critical to depart Barca but on sage of I critical to depart Spain.

He said: "There were times, in 2013 and 2014 when I had the problem with the Hacienda [Spanish tax authorities]". Especially first because of how I am in the club, how I feel in the club.

"My idea is to stay for many years".

But Messi insists that he will not leave Barcelona in the near future. We are very settled in this city.

"I always dreamed of being able to play again for Newell's and to have the experience of playing football in Argentina", he said.

Adding to the uncertainty about the Argentine star's future at the Catalan club, president, Josep Bartomeu, confirmed reports that there was a special clause in Messi's contract that would allow him to leave freely before the official June 2021 expiration date.

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Messi's future was back in the spotlight over the summer after it emerged the five-time Ballon d'Or victor could leave the Nou Camp at the end of the 2019-20 season should he want to.

FC Barcelona forward Leo Messi has denied opposing the club's signing of Antoine Griezmann this summer.

"But with Ney we had to look beyond sports, many parties did not want him to come [due to] everything that had happened".

"The first year when we wanted to sign Griezmann, I said he was one of the best and that the best are always welcome", Messi said.

"I am very happy with the idea of staying here and everything remains the same. So it's a lie".

Messi's contract at Barcelona itself will soon run out.

"It was not the coach's fault but it was also not my decision for him to stay", Messi said. "But it isn't true that I decide who we are to sign or which coach is here", reported BBC quoting the interview. Since joining the club in 2005, Barca have extended Messi's contract eight times. "My legs hurt against Sevilla but it's what happens when you come back".