LIONEL MESSI will leave Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer next summer, according to reports.
The Argentine hero signed a two-year deal with the French giants in 2021.
However, according to Beteve in Spain via Miquel Blazquez, he plans to refuse any new contract offers with the Ligue 1 champions.
And that would mean Messi would become a free agent at the end of the season.
Messi, 35, endured a tough first season at the Parc des Princes – despite winning the title.
He scored just six league goals in his lowest tally since becoming a Barcelona regular in 2005-06.
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The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has already managed four in eight appearances this term as Christophe Galtier's side sit two points clear at the top of the table.
After scoring a sublime chip on international duty last weekend, Messi revealed he was finally enjoying his football again after his struggles.
The ex-Barcelona captain said: “I feel good, I feel different from last year. I knew it was going to be like this.
“I’m more comfortable with the club, the dressing room, my teammates, the game.
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“I feel very good again, so I’m starting to enjoy it again.”
Messi was even linked with a move back to Barcelona last season but SunSport understands he has always wanted to honour his two-year deal with PSG so would stay until at least 2023.
But now the Catalan giants will surely try and do all they can to lure their record-breaking former forward back to the Nou Camp on a free.
Messi left Barcelona in emotional scenes as his contract expired and the club could not afford to give him a new deal.
The player was willing to take a huge pay cut to stay but employment law in Spain combined with LaLiga financial regulations prevented any extension from being possible.
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