Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has revealed that the club is in turmoil after Lionel Messi said he would like to seek a transfer away.
The club captain believes that he is entitled to depart the Nou Camp on a free transfer this summer, something that Barca insist is now expired.
Messi has one year left on his existing deal, and so Barca are said to be maintaining a stance that would only allow him to leave if a club paid his buyout clause in full.
Jorge Messi meanwhile has been holding talks with Barcelona in a bid to break the deadlock, and midfielder De Jong says it is a confusing time in Catalonia right now.
“I followed this from a distance and, how should I say, it's kind of chaos now, many things are going on,” De Jong told reporters from the Netherlands camp.
“But I didn't speak with Messi personally, not with the club.
“I will see when I arrive after this week in Barcelona how things are going, and what is really happening.
“Honestly I don't know what will happen.”
De Jong and his teammates face UEFA Nations League matches against Poland and Italy, both in Amsterdam, in the coming week, as they bid to get their campaign off to a flying start.
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