Lionel Messi breaks silence on his future amid Barcelona exit and Chelsea transfer links

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Lionel Messi is set to depart Barcelona after 21 long years this summer.

The Argentine superstar – largely believed to be the greatest player to ever play the game – dropped a transfer bombshell last week when it was reported he would not be signing a new contract with the Catalan giants.

The world of football has been shocked since that news, with speculation rife over his future. French side Paris Saint-Germain are favourites for his signature, although Chelsea have also been linked, with Roman Abramovich reportedly wanting a meeting about trying to convince a transfer.

Messi, who has won the Ballon d’Or a record six times, addressed the media and public at a press conference at the Nou Camp on Sunday morning, where he was visibly emotional about having to reveal he would be leaving the club he loves so much.

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“This is really difficult for me after so many years, being here my entire life,” he said.

“I am not ready for this.

“After 21 years, I am leaving with my wife, with my three little Catalan/Argentine kids. I can’t tell you everything that we’ve lived in this city.”

On the confusion surrounding his contract, Messi added: “This is what Laporta said, right up until the last minute. But because of the league, this could not happen. There is nothing more to tell.”

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Messi also addressed his future amid those links with PSG and Chelsea – and he confirmed interest from the French giants, among others.

“That’s honestly one possibility [PSG], to reach those heights,” he said. “At the minute, I’ve got nothing agreed with anybody.

“When the press release was released, I got a lot of calls from many clubs interested. At the minute I have not got anything closed, but we are talking about a lot of things.”

Source by Football London

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