Talks over Messi’s future to resume as father arrives Barcelona

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Crunch talks over Lionel Messi’s future at Barcelona are expected to resume on Thursday after his father and agent flew in from Argentina on Wednesday.Jorge Messi boarded a private jet taking him from Rosario to Barcelona and landed in the private terminal of the El Prat airport at around 6.45am on Wednesday morning.

On Wednesday morning, Jorge Messi conceded it is “difficult” his son will stay at Barcelona when asked by Spanish television programme El Chiringuito as he arrived at the Fundacion Leo Messi for talks.

However, he said that “there is nothing yet” in terms of a possible move to Manchester City and that he had not spoken to Pep Guardiola.

Messi senior was due to meet Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the rest of the Barcelona board to resolve the impasse between player and club over the forward’s contract situation.

Talks were described as ‘exploratory’ and not much progress has been made, with a new face-to-face meeting with the board expected to take place on Thursday.

Jorge Messi later visited a local restaurant for lunch and was greeted by a media scrum.

Messi no longer considers himself a Barcelona player and did not turn up to the club’s Covid-19 testing on Sunday and subsequent start of training sessions on Monday.

The 33-year-old, who has played for the Spanish team for almost 20 years, informed the club last week he wants to leave.

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