Argentina captain Lionel Messi will remain with Spanish giants Barcelona for one more season.
Messi who had spent almost two decades with the Catalan club had informed Barca that he wanted to leave.
In a recorded interview with Goal, the Argentine talisman said: “I thought and was sure that I was free to leave, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not,” he said.
“Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the middle of this awful coronavirus and this disease altered all the season.
“And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club. Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the €700 million (£624m) clause, and that this is impossible.”
The six-time Ballon D’or winner said doesn’t want to leave Barcelona where he has played since he was a boy on the note of litigations..