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'The best player in history does not leave with a burofax': Lionel Messi is urged to reconsider his Barcelona exit by former club vice-president Jordi Mestre... but he admits legendary forward deserves a 'dignified' goodbye Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wants to leave the club via a burofax last week Former vice-president Jordi Mestre wants the forward to stay at the Nou Camp Mestre also admits that Messi deserves a 'dignified' exit from the Spanish giants The star has refused to return for pre-season training under boss Ronald Koeman

By Joe Strange for MailOnline

Published: 13:59 BST, 1 September 2020 | Updated: 14:30 BST, 1 September 2020

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Ex-Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre wants Lionel Messi to 'reconsider' his decision to leave the club as Manchester City eye a sensational move for the star.

Messi sent shockwaves through football last week when he sent Barca a burofax - a court-recognised service provided by Spain's postal service - to inform the club that he no longer wanted to play for them and considered himself a free agent.

The Spanish giants and LaLiga both insist that Messi's £630million release clause remains intact despite his claims, but Mestre hopes the two parties can sort out their differences and avoid a parting of ways this summer. 

Lionel Messi rocked football by telling Barcelona he wants to leave the club this summer

Lionel Messi rocked football by telling Barcelona he wants to leave the club this summer

Former Barca vice-president Jordi Mestre wants to see Messi and the club sort out their issues

Former Barca vice-president Jordi Mestre wants to see Messi and the club sort out their issues

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