'I had the chance to leave the club' - Messi responds to Barcelona exit rumours
'I had the chance to leave the club' - Messi responds to Barcelona exit rumours
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'I had the chance to leave the club' - Messi responds to Barcelona exit rumours

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has hinted at an extended stay at the club following recent rumors linking him with an exit. 

The Argentine has a clause allowing him to leave the club at the end of the season, despite having a contract until 2021.

However, following a recent spat with club Sporting Director Eric Abidal, it was feared Barcelona's number 10 would ditch the club in the summer, but he has rubbished the rumors.

“I have said many times that my idea is [to stay] and while the club and the people still want me to, there won’t be any problem from my point of view,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“I have said many times that I would like to be here, for everyone, the club, and the fans to be happy with the team, to have a winning project and to keep competing for all the trophies, as we always have at this club.

“That’s my idea: to continue at the club. I want to win another Champions League, I want to keep winning Ligas.” he added. 

He further revealed that there has been interest from various clubs in the past, but chose to remain with the team where he has spent his entire career. 

“In many moments I had the chance to leave the club. There were many clubs interested who were willing to pay even my [release] clause, but at no time did I consider leaving and now neither.

“I repeat: if the club want [me to stay], there’s no problem.”

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