Messi is demanding exit from FC Barcelona, says club president

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed to a Spanish radio station that Barcelona boss Quique Setien will be sacked, with Lionel Messi reportedly ready to force through a transfer away this summer.

Barca were humiliated and embarrassed on Friday night as they suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich to exit the Champions League.

It was also the worst defeat of Messi’s illustrious career and images after the game showed how the loss was playing on his mind

The Argentina international had reportedly already been considering his future after a disappointing domestic campaign.

But Barcelona are ready to act fast to put this season behind them.

An emergency meeting has been called to take place today and Bartomeu confirmed to COPE on Sunday night “Setien is out”.

Mauricio Pochettino, Ronald Koeman and Xavi are all being considered to take over at the Nou Camp this summer

But Barcelona could have a bigger problem on their hands with Messi reportedly telling the club hierarchy that he wants to leave this summer.

The 33-year-old has just one year left on his contract and had been expected to sign an extension.

But Esporte Interativo broke the news on Sunday night that the Barcelona talisman had demanded an immediate exit from the club.

His current buyout clause sits at an eye-watering £635million.

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