Barcelona say they’ll take “appropriate legal action” against Spanish newspaper El Mundo when it printed details of forward Lionel Messi’s contract.
Barcelona denied “any responsibility for the publication of this document”.
Argentina international Messi, 33, joined Barcelona at thirteen however handed in a very transfer request in August.
His contract runs go in the summer and there’s uncertainty if he can stay with the club.
Barcelona aforesaid in a very statement that they “regret” its publication, adding: “FC Barcelona unconditionally denies any responsibility for the publication of this document, and can take acceptable proceedings against the newspaper El Mundo, for any harm which will be caused as a results of this publication.
“FC Barcelona expresses its absolute support for Lionel Messi, particularly within the face of any commit to discredit his image, and to break his relationship with the entity wherever he has worked to become the most effective player within the world and in soccer history.”
Messi is Barcelona’s record goalscorer and has won ten La Liga titles, the Champions League fourfold and also the Ballon d’Or – awarded to the world’s best player – sixfold.
His debatable summer request to go away followed clashes with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu, UN agency resigned in Oct.
Messi, UN agency delineated Bartomeu’s reign as “a disaster”, aforesaid in December: “I do not know what i am about to do however.”