The novel about the future of Lionel Messi still seems to have one more chapter left. Despite the different offers from Inter Miami or Arabia that the Rosario received, the meeting between his father and Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona, this Monday morning seemed to have been the starting point to finish defining the return of Lio to the club that saw him born. But despite some optimistic statements that Jorge left after the meeting, hours later a conversation with a journalist would again put the future of the world champion in doubt.
During the Spanish night on Monday, journalist Carlos Monfort revealed having had a chat with Messi's representative when he was found dining at a restaurant in Barcelona. And, despite not having had permission to record, he had the authorization to reproduce and make public the statements. Therefore, through the account of Jijantes, a team of the Kings League, was where the sayings of Jorge Messi that cool the rumors of the operational return were revealed.
Despite the phrase that aroused the illusion when Jorge said that "Leo would love to return", in this meeting with Monfort a striking revelation was given. "He's a little tired (Lionel Messi) of everything that's being said. Now he will not come here, he is going to China with the National Team and for now he will not come, "confessed the player's father.
And for a greater surprise he would have added: "It bothers that Leo is spoken badly. He suffers and it's not that he doesn't want to come, but emotionally he's bad, he doesn't know what to do, he's bored with the situation, he feels a bit of a prison after two difficult years in Paris, especially the first four months in which he had to live in a hotel and from that it was difficult for him to recover. "
Messi in his last game wearing the PSG shirt. Photo: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier.
Despite the club where the Argentine star ends up playing, everything seems to indicate that the decision will not take much longer. The next few hours will be key to defining the new shirt that Lionel will wear. "If he does not come to Barcelona he will say goodbye with something big, but whether it goes well or badly, there will be a statement between today and tomorrow to announce his decision," Jorge told Monfort.
Likewise, for the 65-year-old from Rosario, the option of the Catalan club is the least viable: "The negotiations with Barcelona are difficult. Right now I see a very difficult arrival of Messi, I do not think it will happen, it is quite complicated. "
And he dared to give the reasons why he sees with few chances the return of the Argentine "10" to the Camp Nou, leaving aside the economic aspect. "Right now it depends on a lot of things. Barcelona is his home and always will be, he has always been very comfortable here, we are aware of many things, not the economic, he would play for free, "explained Jorge Messi.
Finally, he was also responsible for clearing all kinds of rumors about alleged crosses with the president of the club Culé: "The relationship with Laporta is very good"
Inter Miami and Arabia, waiting
On the side of Messi's other two top suitors, Inter Miami of the American MLS would also have shown interest in signing the '10', while sources close to Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that senior leaders of the Saudi club Al Hilal traveled to Paris to close a megacontract with the player.
The Saudi delegation plans to meet with the footballer's father and agent, Jorge Messi, with the aim of getting the Argentine signed as soon as possible.