Lionel Messi’s father Jorge breaks silence as he lands in Barcelona for confrontational talks


Jorge Messi has landed in Barcelona for confrontational talks over his son Lionel’s future – and said: ‘I don’t know anything’. Messi Snr, who also works as an agent for the Argentine superstar, was pictured aboard a private plane in Argentina on Tuesday night on his way to Spain.

He landed at Barcelona’s El Prat airport on Wednesday morning where he was met by a melee of journalists after his son plunged the Catalan club into chaos.

In his first public appearance since the news broke, he simply said, “I don’t know anything, guys” as he walked towards a cab past a scrum of reporters.

Jorge Messi said ‘I don’t know anything’ when landing in Barcelona

He will meet with club leaders, including president Josep Maria Bartomeu, later today.

Jorge is said to want to negotiate an amicable exit from the club, while Bartomeu and Barcelona are still hoping to convince their star man to sign a new deal.

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain is also currently at Barcelona, ​​with some suggestions he could meet Messi.

The Premier League club are in the lead in clinching the playmaker if he leaves, with claims he submitted a huge five-year contract proposal worth a staggering over £ 600million.

Jorge Messi landed on a private jet from Argentina this morning

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With Messi refusing to show up at the start of preseason training under new manager Ronald Koeman this week, the situation is getting more and more intense.

LaLiga have also floundered to issue a statement insisting their release clause at the club still applies.

And the arrival of Jorge Messi means that the next 24-48 hours will be crucial and could be decisive in the future of the greatest player of all time.

Messi set to meet Barcelona bosses later today

Barcelona reportedly want to offer him a two-year contract until the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Messi, meanwhile, is adamant he wants to leave but faces a sticky situation with a dispute over his contract’s release clause.

The player insists the clause has expired and does not currently apply, while Barcelona and La Liga say his £ 623million release clause is still active.

Both sides want to avoid the situation being resolved in court – but neither club can afford the £ 630million buyout clause in Messi’s current deal.


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