Messi sent the club "a paper stating his wish to leave" on August 25, 2020, according to Barcelona, who said this followed Messi's growing unhappiness with the direction of the team both on and off the field.
Messi's present and past colleagues as well as Catalan president Quim Torra all responded favourably to the announcement in the media.
On August 26, Barcelona's sporting director Ramon Planes reiterated the club's desire to "build a team around the most important player in the world" and stated that Messi will only be able to leave if a buyer pays his €700 million buyout clause.
Messi's alleged early termination option, which would have allowed him to leave the club for free, could only be exercised if he had informed the club of his decision, according to reports.
Lionel Messi's father and agent, Jorge Messi, responded to La Liga's claim that the release clause, which is stated in Messi's contract with Barcelona.
when the termination of the contract is by the player's unilateral decision from the end of the 2019–20 season," on September 4; shortly after, La Liga responded, restating their earlier claim from August 30.
Messi said he would stay at Barcelona for the remaining year of his contract in an interview with Goal later that evening.
Messi claimed to have told Barcelona several times in the interview that he wanted to go, but club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said Messi could choose to stay or leave at the conclusion of each season.
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