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Lionel Messi has made a dramatic U-turn and will now stay at Barcelona for the 2020-21 season. 

The Barcelona captain stunned the world in August when he announced he wanted to leave the LaLiga giants this summer after a trophyless season at the Camp Nou.

In an interview with Goal, Messi admitted that he has been discussing his Barcelona exit over the past year and has criticised many aspects of the club.

With the Argentine set to stay, Sportsmail goes through what Messi has revealed to the public word-for-word... 

Lionel Messi (right) has made a dramatic U-turn and will not leave Barcelona this summer

Lionel Messi (right) has made a dramatic U-turn and will not leave Barcelona this summer

Messi on why he wanted to leave Barcelona:

'I told the club, including the president (Josep Maria Bartomeu), that I wanted to go. I've been telling him that all year. I believed it was time to step aside.

'I believed that the club needed more young players, new players and I thought my time in Barcelona was over. I felt very sorry because I always said that I wanted to finish my career here.

'It was a very difficult year, I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room. Everything became very difficult for me and there came a time when I considered looking for new ambitions.

Messi admitted that he has been desperate to leave Barcelona for the past year

Messi admitted that he has been desperate to leave Barcelona for the past year

Messi claimed that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu (above) did not keep his word

Messi claimed that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu (above) did not keep his word

'It did not come because of the Champions League result against Bayern, no – I had been thinking about the decision for a long time.

'I told the president and, well, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I wanted to go or if I wanted to stay and in the end he did not keep his word.'

Messi on his family and their role in the saga:

'When I communicated my wish to leave to my wife and children, it was a brutal drama. The whole family began crying, my children did not want to leave Barcelona, nor did they want to change schools.

'But I looked further afield and I want to compete at the highest level, win titles, compete in the Champions League. You can win or lose in it, because it is very difficult, but you have to compete.

'At least compete for it and let us not fall apart in , Liverpool, Lisbon. All that led me to think about that decision that I wanted to carry out.

Messi (right) told his wife (left) and two sons about his decision to leave Barcelona

Messi (right) told his wife (left) and two sons about his decision to leave Barcelona 

'Mateo is still little and he doesn't realise what it means to go somewhere else and make your life a few years elsewhere. 

'Thiago, he is older. He heard something on TV and found out something and asked.

'I didn't want him to know anything about being forced to leave, to have to live in a new school, or make new friends.

'He cried to me and said 'let's not go'. I repeat that it was hard, really.

'It was understandable. It happened to me. It is very difficult to make a decision.

His eldest son, Thiago (right), begged the 33-year-old not to leave Barcelona

His eldest son, Thiago (right), begged the 33-year-old not to leave Barcelona 

'I love Barcelona and I'm not going to find a better place than here anywhere. Still, I have the right to decide. I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. And tomorrow I could go back, because here in Barcelona I have everything.

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