The father and agent of Lionel Messi, Jorge, has categorically denied that the Barcelona star is considering a move next summer to Paris Saint-Germain.
The future of Argentina has been the hottest subject around Camp Nou since he expressed his intention to leave in August, in a now-infamous Burofax sent to Barca.
Ultimately, player and club were reconciled, with Messi telling Goal in an exclusive interview that the only way he could have quit in the summer of 2020 was if his prohibitive EUR 700 million release clause had been fulfilled by a team.
What will happen after the 2020-21 season, however, remains anyone’s guess.
Manchester City, coached by Pep Guardiola, Leo’s former Barca mentor, has consistently been identified as the most probable transfer destination, while ESPN indicated that PSG was also a choice.
According to the channel, the touch between the French champions and Messi Sr. had already been made to broker an agreement, with talks possible as early as January.
But the agent gave the report short shrift, borrowing one of the most notorious phrases from U.S. President Donald Trump to refute the story.
Jorge fired on Instagram “Stop inventing! Fake news,” sharing his message over a screenshot of the rumor of the offending transfer.
Messi is currently preparing for Thursday’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier at home in Paraguay in his native Argentina, as the Albiceleste are looking to continue their 100 percent competition record so far.
At the weekend, after being left out of the starting line-up by coach Ronald Koeman, the Barca captain found himself in the uncommon role of sitting on the bench at kick-off, but his presence was still decisive as he came on at half-time to contribute two goals and an assist to Betis’s 5-2 loss by his side.