As of Jan. 1, Messi could negotiate with other clubs as his contract with Barcelona is set to expire in June
In August, Messi stunned Barcelona by telling the club he wanted to leave following a season without titles that ended in a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Messi also said he would not publicly support any of the candidates who plan to run in club elections set for Jan. 24. Nor was he overly enthusiastic about the immediate prospects of the team.
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Messi is reportedly in Argentina taking a short winter break after Barcelona gave its players some time off following their last game on Dec. 22 against Valladolid.
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