Lionel Messi’s father exploring option of son remaining at Barcelona for one more year — TV station Cuatro

Asked Thursday morning by a journalist from Cuatro if this option was considered, Cuatro indicated that he had answered: “Yes”. CNN has not been able to independently verify Jorge Messi’s comments. Messi’s answer could be interpreted as ‘yes’ or ‘I don’t know’.

CNN did not immediately receive a response from the club or Messi’s representatives (including his father) when asked to comment.

It comes after Jorge Messi met with Barcelona management for 90 minutes on Wednesday to discuss the future of the Argentina international with the club.

A source with direct knowledge of the meeting told CNN Sport that Jorge was accompanied by Lionel’s brother Rodrigo as well as a lawyer and met with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and board member Javier Bordas.

Jorge Messi arrives at his apartment in Barcelona.
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The source spoke on condition of anonymity, in accordance with the club’s rules regarding official statements to the media.

The source added that the meeting was friendly, but the club had no plans to end Messi’s contract and were only interested in negotiating a two-year extension with the Argentina striker from 33 Years. Messi’s contract will expire on June 30, 2021.

The release clause associated with Messi’s contract is estimated at 700 million euros ($ 833 million).

However, according to multiple reports, Messi believes he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave Barcelona for free this summer.

The clause is said to have expired on June 10, 2020, but Messi and his representatives believe he still has the right to activate it now due to the season being extended due to the pandemic.

The 33-year-old Argentina international did not show up for a coronavirus test at the Barcelona training ground on Sunday and subsequently did not attend pre-season training earlier this week.

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