Messi stays quiet af­ter ru­mor he won’t re­main with Barcelona

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Ev­ery­body is talk­ing about Lionel Messi’s pos­si­ble de­par­ture from Barcelona when his con­tract ex­pires in 2018. Ev­ery­body but him. Messi is nei­ther con­firm­ing nor deny­ing a re­port in sports news­pa­per Marca that the player has told Barcelona that he does not in­tend to re­new his con­tract.

The player’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives said Mon­day that Messi would not be mak­ing any com­ments re­lated to the story.

Marca claimed that Messi told the club about his al­leged de­ci­sion in July, not long af­ter he and his fa­ther were con­victed of de­fraud­ing Span­ish tax au­thor­i­ties — some­thing that Marca said played a ma­jor role in the player’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing process. Messi and his fa­ther have de­nied any wrong­do­ing and said they would ap­peal.

Barcelona did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

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