Lionel Messi has spoken out on his tough summer with Spanish giants Barcelona.

Throughout the summer transfer window the Argentine was consistently linked with a move away from the Nou Camp.

When Messi handed in a transfer request after Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich, many of Europe’s top clubs were interested.

Messi during Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League quarter final defeat to Bayern Munich (Photo by Manu Fernandez/Pool via Getty Images)

The strongest rumour was a link to Manchester City, reuniting with former coach Pep Guardiola.

However, Barcelona argued the expiry date on the release clause in Messi’s contract had passed. So they were under no obligation to let him leave.

With Messi eventually deciding to stay put in Catalonia he has spoken out about a “very bad time in the summer.”

What has he said?

Messi told La Sexta in Argentina: “The truth is that today I’m fine. It’s true that I had a very bad time in the summer,”

“It came from before. What happened before the summer, because of how the season ended, the burofax and all that. Then I dragged it on a bit at the beginning of the season.”

He continued: “But today I am fine and I feel like fighting seriously for everything that lies ahead, I’m excited.

Lionel Messi returning to Barcelona training in summer 2020 after a failed attempt to leave the club. He was made to train alone. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

“I know that the club is going through a difficult time, at a club level and everything that surrounds Barcelona, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Messi, who had scored 643 goals in 748 games for the club, equalling Pele’s record for goals with one club, graduated from La Masia and has remained in Catalonia ever since.

The club has experienced major change as of late, with Ronald Koeman, a club legend himself, becoming manager.

Additionally, presidential elections are scheduled for January as former president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from the role. Whom Messi had, publically, previously clashed with.

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu embraces Lionel Messi. (Photo by Shaun Botterill – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Barcelona currently sit fifth in La Liga with 21 points from 13 games, eight points off of leaders Atletico Madrid.

Additionally, they will face PSG in the round of 16 in the Champions League, a competition Messi is determined to once again win.

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