Lionel Messi’s father Jorge Messi arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday.© AFP
Jorge Messi, father and agent of Lionel Messi, appeared to concede his son may stay at Barcelona this season, in accordance with footage broadcast by Spanish media on Thursday. Messi senior seemingly replied “sure” when requested by a reporter if that they had thought of the opportunity of staying on the membership for an additional season after which leaving without spending a dime subsequent 12 months, in a video recorded by Spanish TV station Cuatro. The photographs had been captured as Jorge Messi pulled right into a parking storage reportedly for an additional day of conferences with the household’s legal professionals.
He had arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday, touchdown on the personal terminal in El Prat airport on a flight from the Argentine metropolis of Rosario.
Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi boycotted Barcelona’s first pre-season coaching session on Monday, as he tries to drive his approach out of the membership he joined as a 13-year-old.
Messi additionally failed to attend a coronavirus test at Barcelona’s coaching floor on Sunday.
Messi’s father was adopted all through town by reporters and TV crews on Wednesday, and advised reporters it could be “tough” for his son to remain at Barcelona.
Based on native experiences, membership administrators met with Messi and his advisors for greater than two hours on Wednesday, however neither get together was prepared to change their stance. Additional negotiations are anticipated to be held in the end between Barcelona and Messi’s entourage, which additionally consists of his brother Rodrigo.
Barcelona insist their captain stays beneath contract till June 2021 and can solely depart if his 700-million-euro ($833 million) launch clause is activated, a stance that has been backed up by La Liga, who say that launch clause nonetheless applies.
However Messi and his legal professionals argue he’s allowed to go without spending a dime this summer time in accordance with one other clause in his contract, which they declare was triggered on August 25 when a burofax stating Messi’s intention to depart arrived at Camp Nou.
Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester Metropolis have expressed an curiosity in signing him.
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