Barcelona (dpa) – A two letter word was enough to spark speculation about the failure of Lionel Messi’s change plans properly and to shock the football world again.
On the way to a parking garage, the father and manager of the six-time world football player of FC Barcelona was caught in the car on Thursday. Jorge Messi was asked by a reporter from the Spanish broadcaster “Cuatro” if they also wanted to investigate whether Messi would stay another year. “Si”, (German: Yes) he replied briefly and clearly annoyed before the window automatically reopened and he disappeared into the parking garage with his car.
“The Messi case could make a 180 degree turn,” the Spanish sports newspaper “As” wrote in its live ticker. “Jorge Messi feeds the doubts,” said “Marca”.
According to other media reports, a decision could be imminent. According to “Mundo Deportivo” and “Sport”, Messi wanted to meet his father on Thursday, who has also led him since moving from Rosario to FC Barcelona 20 years ago, to discuss next steps and make a “final decision”. “At the moment it looks like he will stay, but all options are still open,” wrote “Mundo Deportivo”.
The problem: Messi wants to leave for free because he refers to a release clause in the contract, which means he can cancel unilaterally. However, this deadline has passed more than a month and a half. The club refers to exactly that and does not want to let Messi go. Instead, he would have offered him an extension for one more season until the end of June 2022.
A meeting between Jorge Messi and Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Wednesday had not brought a rapprochement. “Very good,” said Messi’s father when asked about the meeting. However, according to a heartfelt assessment of the 62-year-old, it didn’t sound.
With Messi’s possible new clubs being explored for days and Manchester City moving up with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to the best candidate, Messi’s departure may not succeed. Sporty low hits, including a devastating 2: 8 in the Champions League quarter-finals against FC Bayern and internal disagreements such as his relationship with club boss Bartomeu, have made Messi want to leave the Catalans. A long thought that it was impossible.
Should he stay now because he is simply denied this possibility? Unless the negotiated, fixed transfer fee of a whopping € 700 million is paid, it should be an interesting season for the Catalans. Messi’s top buddy and attacking partner Luis Suárez has no future with FC Barcelona. And how good a Messi, who has always been the best and most successful so far, when he feels comfortable and has an environment around him that he had partly created for himself after the fights of the past days and weeks, will show . Especially because the new coach Ronald Koeman reportedly no longer wants to grant the South American the other concessions and privileges in the team. Messi himself has been silent about all this since Bayern’s decommissioning on August 14.