10:39 BST 02/09/2020
Jorge Messi has confirmed that his son will most likely be leaving Camp Nou, but has denied being in contact with Pep Guardiola
Lionel Messi’s father and agent has opened the door to a move to Manchester City, admitting it will be “difficult” for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to remain at Barca.
Messi shocked the football world last week by submitting a formal transfer request at Camp Nou, during which he outlined his desire to activate the release clause in his current contract, which expires in 2021.
A number of possible next destinations have been mooted for the Argentine in the wake of the news, including Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, but Goal understands that City boss Guardiola has already contacted the diminutive superstar over a potential move.
Jorge Messi told El Chrininguito of his son’s current situation on Wednesday: “Future at Barcelona? Is difficult. It would be difficult to stay”
Quizzed on City’s interest in the Barca talisman, Jorge responded: “I haven’t talked with Pep. There aren’t nothing yet with City.”
More to follow.