Jorge Messi, the father and agent of Barcelona star Lionel Messi, declines rumors spreading of him being in touch with the Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain labelled as ‘fake news’. Messi senior took to Instagram stories to respond to speculation about the Barcelona captain.
Messi, continues to be linked with a move away from the La Liga giants with his contract to expire this season and having requested to leave during the close season.
PSG, Manchester City, and Inter Milan have previously been most strongly connected with the 33-year-old striker.
But after a report claimed Jorge was contacted by PSG to start negotiations in January, Messi’s father denied the suggestion.
“Stop inventing!!! #fakenews,” he wrote on Instagram.
Messi is currently in his native Argentina preparing for Thursday’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier at home to Paraguay, as the Albiceleste seek to continue their 100 per cent record in the competition so far.
At the weekend, the Argentine star found himself in an unusual position sitting on the bench at kick-off after being left out of the starting line-up by coach Ronald Koeman, although his presence proved decisive nonetheless as he came on at half-time to contribute two goals and an assist for Barcelona’s 5-2 win over Real Betis.
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“Messi has shown me to be a person who wants to win things and continue to be the best, even though he has had his problems with the club,” Koeman told Sport of his star.
“Barcelona have been, are and will be a better team with Messi than without. When I arrived, they told me that Messi was unhappy.
“We spoke at his house and he explained his reasons to me. I was honest. I told him that the only thing is the system, his position on the field, his importance in the team.
“But the problems that he had had with the club I couldn’t change. From the first day I have said the same thing. He is the best and is committed to the club.
“He has had his issues, his problems this summer, but since he returned to training he has been very good.
“He has had bad luck in some games and he has not been able to offer the usual performance, but I am sure that at the end of the season he will have scored the usual goals.”