Goal has exclusively learned that the Argentine forward has not spoken to anyone at the Ligue 1 champions and is yet to decide on his future
Lionel Messi has made no contact with anyone from PSG, Manchester City or any other club, amid rumours surrounding his future, and is waiting until the end of the season to decide whether to remain with Barcelona or depart, Goal can exclusively reveal.
Messi’s contract expires in the summer and he has been linked with several leading European clubs, including the Ligue 1 champions and Premier League leaders.
However, talk of any discussions with PSG is premature, as Messi has not had contact with the French club, and has not spoken to any players nor new manager Mauricio Pochettino. There has also been no contact with Man City – managed by former Barca boss Pep Guardiola – or any other prospective suitors.
Instead, Messi is waiting until the end of the season to decide what to do about his future, and whether to extend his contract with Barcelona, where he has spent his entire professional career.
Goal understands that Messi is tired of the constant media speculation, and says that it will be he who speaks out at the end of the season to declare where he will be playing in the 2021-22 campaign, and nobody else.
He is currently free to speak to non-Spanish clubs, with his contract expiring this summer – players out of contract at the end of the season can speak to foreign teams from January 1 onwards – however Messi is choosing not to.
Messi has been the centre of speculation ever since last summer, when he attempted to secure his release from his contract at Barcelona by activating a clause in his contract that would have allowed him to walk away for free.
However, he did not activate this clause in time and after weeks of rumours, Messi eventually revealed exclusively to Goal that he would stay with Barcelona for the 2020-21 season.
Further uncertainty has been brought about by the Barcelona presidential elections, after the resignation of Josep Bartomeu with whom Messi had endured a strained relationship.
Joan Laporta, Toni Freixa and Victor Font are the three candidates, however Goal has learned that Messi has contacted none of them, intends to stay neutral in the election and that it will not have an impact on whether or not he chooses to stay at Barcelona.
Messi’s contract situation recently returned to the fore after Spanish newspaper El Mundo published details about his €555 million (£491m/$674m) contract.
Their report states that the four-year agreement, which the Argentine signed in 2017, includes fixed incomes and bonus payments which amount to €138m (£112m/$167m) in annual earnings.
Messi has already pocketed €510m (£452m/$619m), with a further €45m (£40m/$55m) set to come his way over the next six months, with El Mundo claiming that the 33-year-old is the best-paid athlete in the history of professional sport.
Barcelona announced their intention to take legal action over the leak, and Goal understands that Messi’s team are looking at whether to sue, but no case has yet been officially filed.
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