BARCA BOARD IN TROUBLE, MESSI ASKS BARCELONA TO END HIS CONTRACT, WANTS TO LEAVE

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Lionel Messi has reportedly told Barcelona he wants to leave the club.

According to Marca, the Argentine does not want to continue under new boss Ronald Koeman following Barcelona’s embarrassing 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

And now reports from Spain and Argentina claim that he has communicated to the club his desire for a fresh start following a turbulent season.

Fox Sports journalist Cholo Sottile tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “Confirmed: Messi has communicated to Barcelona that he will leave.”

Respected journalist Guillem Balague, meanwhile, claimed he may need to take legal action to break his contract, tweeting: “Messi thinks the season finished in August, so he can use the clause that frees him from the club before the end of the month. FCB would mention that the contract talks about the end of June for Messi to use the clause, so it has expired.”

It is believed Messi sent a burofax to the club confirming his intentions to leave, but they maintain that the clause in his contract allowing him to leave at the end of the season expired on June 10.