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The two Barcelona players pushing for Lionel Messi to stay at Camp Nou amid interest from Manchester City are striker, Luis Suarez and midfielder, Arturo Vidal, according to Sky Sports.

Barcelona are currently battling to keep Messi as the 33-year-old pushes for a free transfer to reunite with his former manager, Pep Guardiola, at Man City.

There has been a deafening silence from most Barcelona players regarding Messi’s situation, with the exception of Suarez whose future at the club remains uncertain and Arturo Vidal, who is in a similar position.

The rest of the Barcelona squad, including those in Messi’s inner circle such as Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets, have so far kept quiet.

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Messi’s release clause will have to be paid if he is to leave Barcelona this summer.

The Argentine captain believes he is no longer an employee of the Blaugrana, but the Barca board insist he is still their captain.

Messi, who has played for Barcelona for almost 20 years, informed the Catalan club last week he wants to leave.

The Barca number 10 missed the club’s training on Monday and Tuesday as he no longer considers himself a part of Ronald Koeman’s squad.

His father and representative, Jorge, is expected to meet with the Barcelona chiefs, including president Josep Maria Bartomeu, on Wednesday to discuss his son’s future.

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Meanwhile, La Liga had stated that his release clause will have to be paid if he is to leave the La Liga giants.


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