Lionel Messi’s dad Jorge has dismissed reports of the Argentine agreeing a move to Saudi Arabia as “fake news”.
French outlet AFP claimed on Tuesday that the 35-year-old World Cup winner is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Al-Hilal after agreeing a whopping £522million deal.
Messi is out of contract this summer and has already agreed to leave the Parisians once the season ends. He was handed a two-week suspension last week after making an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia, fuelling rumours of a move to the Middle-East still further.
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But despite being free to discuss terms with other clubs, his agent and father took to social media on Tuesday to announce that Messi’s next club will not be confirmed until the end of the current 2022/23 campaign.
Jorge wrote: “There’s absolutely nothing with no club for next year. The decision will not be taken before Lionel finishes the league with PSG.
“There are always rumours and lots of people use Lionel’s name to gain notoriety but there is only one truth and we can assure people that there is nothing with nobody. Not verbal, signed, agreed, and there won’t be until the season finishes.
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“It seems like a lack of respect to me… that there are those who consciously and deliberately deceive people, without providing any proof of their affirmations, and wanting to turn into news any rumour that is badly intentioned or directed by somebody in favour of their interests.
“They should explain why they don’t check their information… They wouldn’t want a truth to ruin their ‘news.’”
The announcement will come as a huge boost to his former club Barcelona, who are still interested in signing their legend despite their issues with Financial Fair Play.
Messi was forced to join the Ligue 1 champions in 2021 as a result of Barcelona being financially unable to hand him a new deal.
He struggled to adapt in his first season in France, yet the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has since pushed on and managed to notch 20 goals and 19 assists in all competitions this campaign.
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