Barcelona considering legal action over Lionel Messi contract leaks

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Barcelona are considering taking legal action after alleged details of Lionel Messi's contract demands from 2020 were leaked.

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Messi left Barcelona for PSG on a free transfer last summer due to their financial troubles, but there had been speculation about him leaving a year prior to that too with him and the club reportedly failing to agree a new contract for the Argentine.

On Wednesday, El Mundo leaked the apparent terms Messi asked for in his 2020 negotiations, which included private Camp Nou boxes for the families of himself and Luis Suarez, the effective elimination of a release clause and a €10m renewal bonus.

Barcelona have now responded to said leaks and are far from pleased that they were published, so much so that they're keen to take legal action.

"In relation to the information published in El Mundo under the title 'Barca Leaks, the club's secret files', Barcelona express indignation at the intentional leaking of information that is part of a legal process," the La Liga club said in a statement.

"The club regrets that the media in question boasts of having 'access to a huge number of documents and emails that are part of the Barcagate investigation" when this information is yet to be shared.

"In any case, the article in question makes public documents that have nothing to do with the ongoing case and their use is an affront to the reputation and confidentiality of the club.

"For that reason, and with the aim of protecting Barcelona's rights, the club's legal department are studying the legal measures that need to be taken."

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