Lionel Messi is entering the last six months of his £500,000-a-week contract
He pushed to leave in the summer but was reluctant to take Barcelona to court
Reports in Spain say the saga over his future has disrupted the dressing room.
Lionel Messi’s failure to come to a decision on his future has reportedly damaged the harmony of Barcelona’s dressing room.
Team-mates are said to feel ‘undervalued’ by Messi and Mundo Deportivo adds that comments the captain is unhappy and ‘alone’ have disrupted the dressing room.
The 33-year-old sent the club a burofax in the summer to insist on his departure but once it became apparent he would need to take the club to court, Messi reluctantly agreed to play out the final year of his contract.
Messi has cut a subdued figure this season having seen close friend Luis Suarez sold to rivals Atletico Madrid.
Last month he went on the attack against Barcelona, insisting he is ‘tired of always being the problem for everything’ at the club.
It has also been a stop-start season, particularly domestically, with Barcelona sat ninth in LaLiga, winning just four of their opening 10 matches.