Pep Guardiola has admitted he would abandon his 'yellow ribbon' protest if requested to do so by Manchester City.
The Football Association on Friday charged Guardiola, saying the symbol sported by the former Barcelona boss on his jacket broke its rules.
Guardiola was born in Catalonia and is revered in the region because of his links with Barcelona's soccer team, as both a player and coach.
The contract Messi signed last November includes a clause that he must remain at Barca only as long as the club is playing in a top-level European league.
Here is the list of prominent events that defined the global politics in 2017.
Spain on Tuesday began to pull the police reinforcements it had sent to Catalonia ahead of a contested independence referendum in the region on October 1, the government said.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday rejected a call by ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to meet after separatists won a parliamentary majority in crucial regional polls.
Germany on Friday called for "dialogue and de-escalation" among "all Spanish actors" after snap elections in Catalonia saw separatists win a slim majority in parliament.
Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Friday offered to meet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy outside Spain for talks on the region's independence crisis.
A visionary to some and an opportunistic populist to others, Puigdemont sought exile in Belgium following the Catalan parliament's independence declaration on October 27.
They could face prison sentences of 15 years or more, with three of the candidates are already behind bars awaiting trial.
Often symbolised as pitting the pride of Catalonia against Spain's capital, the 'El Clasico' is a match laced with political tension.
A sea of around 45,000 pro-Catalonia protesters demonstrated in Brussels to show support for the region's deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support its drive for independence.
In a surprise move, Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena withdrew the warrant as the five "appear to have shown their intention to return to Spain" to take part in the snap regional polls on December 21.
Catalan separatist parties that tried to break away from Spain would lose their absolute majority in regional parliament in elections later in December.