Lionel Messi free exit clause at FC Barcelona expired over the weekend with the player expected to wait until the end of the season to decide about his future.
The clause would allow Messi to leave Barcelona for free in the summer but earlier reports from ESPN claims that the Ballon d’Or winner will remain at Camp Nou for at least another 12 months.
The mercurial Argentine signed a new deal with the Laliga giants back in 2017 that ran until the end of 2020/21, but inserted into that contract was a clause that would have allowed Messi to leave for free this summer so long as he told Barcelona before June.
It's been stated that the 32-year-old didn’t notify his club about leaving and will wait until the end of the season to make a decision about his future.
Messi has been at loggerheads with some of the club officials after publicly accusing them of undermining the playing unit with rumours saying that his bosses were not happy by how he has been speaking about them in the public.
There were claims that Messi exerts a lot of powers in the team and always has a say when the club wants to bring a player or a coach in the team.
Several clubs are believed to have been monitoring the situation, with the likes of Manchester City thought to be interested in signing the player.