Lionel Messi’s father and agent Jorge has branded speculation that his son is considering switching Barcelona for PSG next summer ‘fake news’.
Messi’s Camp Nou future has been a real source of gossip ever since he handed in a transfer request in the form of that infamous ‘burofax’ during the summer of 2020 following Barcelona’s turbulent campaign.
The Argentinian was ultimately unable to secure a move away from the club due to his €700m release clause, but with his contract poised to expire in the summer of 2021, his future in Catalonia is still up for debate.
A reunion with former boss Pep Guardiola at Manchester City was hyped up during the transfer window, but reports have since surfaced that PSG are also a potential destination.
ESPN reported that contact had already been made between the French champions and Jorge Messi, with contract negotiations poised to begin in January.
However, Messi Sr was quick to dismiss these claims, taking to Instagram to write over a screenshot the story, via Goal: “Stop inventing! Fake news.”
Messi found himself among the substitutes for Barcelona’s most recent La Liga fixture with Real Betis, but was introduced at half time and scored twice and provided an assist as Barca ran out 5-2 winners.
Speaking at full time, manager Ronald Koeman reinforced his desire to keep the Barcelona talisman at the club, and explained the conversations he had with the player over the summer after his dramatic attempts to force an exit.
He said: “Barcelona have been, are and will be a better team with Messi than without. When I arrived, they told me that Messi was unhappy. We spoke at his house and he explained his reasons to me.
“I was honest. I told him that the only thing is the system, his position on the field, his importance in the team. But the problems that he had had with the club I couldn’t change. From the first day I have said the same thing. He is the best and is committed to the club.”