Messi’s father Jorge Messi who is the agent of Lionel Messi said his son could remain in Barcelona this season, according to broadcast by Spanish media.
Jorge replied “yes” when he was asked if they had considered the possibility of staying in Barca for another season and leaving for the free next year. It was caught by a Spanish TV station in a video record. Images showed when Jorge Messi pulled into a parking garage reportedly for another day meetings with the family’s lawyers. He arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday with a flight coming from Argentina. He landed in a private terminal at El Prat airport according to reports from Reuters.
Lionel Messi was absent from Barcelona’s first preseason training session on Monday. After he tried to force himself out of the club. He also didn’t attend the coronavirus test that was held at Barca’s training ground on Sunday.
Jorge Messi was followed through the city by reporters and TV crews on Wednesday. And he told reporters it would be hard for his son to stay in Barcelona. Club directors met with Messi and his advisors on Wednesday for over two hours but they not willing to say a word. Negotiations are still ongoing between Barcelona and Messi’s entourage, which also includes his brother.
Jorge Messi gave reports on Messi’s transfer
Messi’s father told reporters that talks with Barcelona went well. He also said there is still a chance of agreement which allows everyone to remain in their current places.
Barca is insisting that their captain should remain under his contract until 2021 and will leave the club if only his 700-million-euro release clause is activated. The stance was backed by La Liga who says the release clause still applies.
However, Messi and his lawyers insist he leaves the club for free because of the clause he has in his contract. The issue was triggered on 25 August when a statement was made that Messi wanted to leave the club.
Manchester City has shown a huge interest in signing the Argentine international.
Barca on the other hand will be hoping that an unwelcomed transfer can be avoided at this time. This will give then time to convince their captain to remain in the club. And also prolong his stay rather than facing new challenges elsewhere.