Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has admitted Lionel Messi can walk away from the club for free next summer.
Messi has a contract at Camp Nou until 2021, but it has been revealed there’s a clause which allows him to leave at the end of each season if he so wishes.
The Argentina international would just have to communicate his desire to move on before the end of May.
Carles Puyol, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta all signed similar deals with Barca in the final years of their time at the club, too.
Pique is aware of the existence of the clause, but insists he is not worried about Messi quitting Barcelona any time soon.
“I already knew Messi is able to leave for free at the end of each season.
“But we all know the commitment Leo has to Barca and it doesn’t worry me at all.
“He’s earned the right to be able to choose what he does with his future after everything he’s given the club,” Pique told Cadena Ser.