In an important development, Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge Messi, stated that the 35-year-old’s summer return to Barcelona is “impossible.”
The former Barcelona captain’s contract at PSG expires at the end of the current campaign. However, negotiations for a new one are ongoing. Given how he departed the club in 2021 and the possibility of a deal to lure him back in the summer, it offered Barça hope.
Leo’s father, Jorge Messi, also his agent, has shot down such a notion.
Jorge Messi on possible Barcelona return
“Leo won’t likely go back to Barcelona. The requirements are not satisfied,” he claimed, as reported by SPORT.
Jorge, who had just recently arrived in Barcelona, continued, “We haven’t spoken to Laporta, and there is no offer.”
Regarding Barça’s prospects of re-signing Messi this summer, it very well may be the end of it.
The relationship between Messi and Laporta is understood to have broken down after the way he had to leave the club.
Furthermore, Blaugrana’s Financial Fair Play problems would have made it difficult to sign the Argentina captain. Thus, Messi will not be returning to Barcelona this summer.
More from Jorge Messi after “I don’t think Leo will return to Barça” ?⤵️?? #FCB
“Impossible? No idea, I don’t know if it’s gonna be impossible. We didn’t even speak with Laporta, stop. Leo’s under contract with PSG”.
➕ Meeting between Messi’s camp & PSG took place yesterday. pic.twitter.com/prV06MVcCa
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 16, 2023
PSG, Lionel Messi still far from new deal amid MLS interest
According to L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain and Lionel Messi still need to agree on a new contract extension.
PSG confirmed they are attempting to lower the wage of the Argentina captain after meetings on Wednesday with Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge, who also works as his son’s agent.
Because of Inter Miami of Major League Soccer’s interest, there is some ambiguity regarding Messi’s future at Parc des Princes.
With Argentina’s victory over France in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Miami became a prospective destination for Messi.
His PSG contract expires this summer, making him a free agent. Nevertheless, PSG does have the option to extend it by another year.
Messi was presented with only a one-year extension by PSG today, but staying in Paris is still important to him. It is the only offer he has received from a team in professional football, not Barcelona or any elite club.
So, additional meetings will be required soon, and the renewal will not be as simple to complete as the club had hoped to portray it at the initial meeting.