Lionel Messi ‘considering Barcelona u-turn’ as he seeks amicable Nou Camp exit

Lionel Messi could spend another year at Barcelona before leaving in far easier circumstances next year.

The Argentine made his intentions clear last week when he expressed a desire to leave the Nou Camp.

But leaving the club he has been at for almost 20 years is proving difficult with Barcelona demanding his £632m release clause be paid in full.

Messi's entourage originally believed they could still quit the Catalans for nothing as per a clause in his contract.

The activation date has passed however and Barcelona are digging their heels in regarding the potential departure of their star player.

President Josep Maria Bartomeu is refusing to back down and Messi does not want to be involved in a court case, reports Marca.

It now means he could remain at the club for another 12 months before leaving for nothing next summer.

Messi has been a leader for over a decade as Barcelona enjoy the most successful period in their history.

He does not want to leave in a way that could tarnish his legacy and is prepared to stick it out a little longer.

The Catalans have endured a challenging year which saw them change managers mid-season and concede eight in a humiliating Champions League defeat.

They also surrendered their La Liga crown to arch rivals Real Madrid following a poor end to the season which saw them drop points in four of their final nine games.

Messi also returned his worst goal tally in more than a decade in a team that is set for a mass overhaul.

Ronald Koeman has since taken over from Quique Setien who was sacked in the aftermath of their Bayern Munich mauling.

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