– La Liga champions Barcelona are eager to extend Lionel Messi deal
– A new special clause has suddenly emerged in Messi’s release clause at Nou Camp
– The 31-year-old current contract at the Nou Camp runs out in 2021
Spanish giants Barcelona are keen to extend Lionel Messi’s stay at the Nou Camp with the Argentine star free to leave the club in 18 months’ time.
According to a UK Mirror report citing news outlet Mundo, the five-time world’s best player has a ‘special exit clause’ in his current deal at the La Liga champions that permits him leave for free in 2020 even before his current deal expires in 2021.
And one of the conditions before the clause will be activated is that the Barca legend can only sign for a ‘non elite club’.
The same rule saw that likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta link up with Asian clubs in Qatar and Japan respectively.
Barcelona eggheads are now considering a new long-term extension that will keep Messi at Nou Camp until he turns 36 in 2022 or 2023.
The Argentinian, who also has a €700m release clause in his current deal, hinted he is not interested in playing for another club.
Interestingly, the ‘special release clause’ was put in place to allow club legends enjoy another massive deal abroad after excelling at the Catalan at a foreign club if they’ve had exemplary careers at the Nou Camp like Xavi and Iniesta in recent time.
Already, David Beckham is eyeing a surprising bid for Messi to spend his last years at his MLS club Inter Miami in 2020.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported Manchester United Legend David Beckham is targeting Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi ahead of Inter Miami’s official campaign in the Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2020.
According to a UK Sun report citing sources in the Daily Mail, the 31-year-old Albiceleste captain is among the top players on Miami’s wish-list as they prepare to splash out the cash.
Messi’s current deal at the Nou Camp runs out in 2021 at the age of 33 and might not be keen to move to another European club as well as returning to Argentina after his recent experiences with the Albiceleste.
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