Lionel Messi does not appear to be any closer to leaving Barcelona, despite his father Jorge meeting with the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Argentine superstar Messi had hoped to push the club closer to an agreement by allowing his father, who also acts as his agent, to talk openly with the club chiefs about his situation.
But local reports suggest Bartomeu and the rest of the Nou Camp hierarchy are not budging from their position.
It’s understood that Jorge argued Messi should be allowed to leave due to the clause in his contract that allows him to leave for free.
Barcelona, however, insist that there is no such clause, and maintain that he will not be packing his bags.
According to Sport, the meeting took around an hour and a half, and remained cordial throughout, despite not being able to reach any kind of agreement.
Bartomeu was joined by director Javier Bordas de Togores, while Jorge had Messi’s brother Rodrigo and lawyer Jorge Pecur to back him up.
Jorge is understood to have said on multiple occasions today: “My son doesn't want to stay here.”
But after meeting with Bartomeu and Bordas, he appeared to be a little less outspoken.
When asked, “Is Messi going to leave Barcelona?”, he could only respond, “I don’t know, I don’t know anything.”
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Jorge offered a similar response about a potential move to Manchester City, also confirming he has not been in contact with Sky Blues boss Pep Guardiola.
Several reports have suggested that Messi could be involved in a £450m deal that would see him spend three years at the Etihad, before moving on to New York City.