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City’s hopes of signing Messi dealt a blow

Manchester City’s hopes of signing Lionel Messi next summer have been dealt a blow.

That is because of the resignation of President Josep Maria Bartomeu earlier this week, the man that Messi blamed for many of the problems facing the Catalan club at the moment.

The 33-year-old Argentine playmaker wanted to leave the Nou Camp this summer, claiming that he had an agreement with Bartomeu allowing him to terminate his contract for free. However, the President subsequently reneged on that deal, demanding that his €700 million release clause would need to be met by any club wanting to buy him.

Messi stayed at Barcelona reluctantly, but was prepared to leave at the end of the season, with City his most likely destination.

Now, however, with Bartomeu gone, Messi could be persuaded to stay with Barcelona, depending on who comes in to replace him He is reported to enjoy excellent relationships with two of the leading candidates, Joan Laporta and Toni Freixa.

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