The Argentine superstar continues to run for the final year of his contract, but no talks have been held about a possible move to another location
Lionel Messi remains the subject of perennial exit rumors in Barcelona but despite the noise generated by “false news”, goal has learned that the Argentine superstar does not have to be contacted by any other club.
While the six-time Ballon d’Or winner continues to lose his current contract, admiring glances are of course shot from a distance in the direction of an all-time great.
Various teams, including from Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, are closely following the events at Camp Nou.
No future calls have been made yet, however, and Messi and his representatives would like to point out that now is not the time to address such issues – and Barca are still looking for a spark in 2020-21.
The 33-year-old’s father and agent, Jorge, will not have any conversations with suitors at this point.
For those in the Messi camp, patience is the order of the day for now.
The player himself wants to avoid distractions as he tries to do his best for Barca without having to make a decision about his future.
He can speak to interested parties from outside Spain in January, although the free agency should be met in summer 2021.
Many in Catalonia have expressed their wish that new terms be knocked out as quickly as possible. It is therefore important that all possible exit doors are closed.
Barca will hold their final round of presidential elections on January 24th. Power at board level is about to change hands.
Any figurehead arriving or possibly returning will be eager to see where Messi stands when he takes the reins.
However, Goal has learned that there was no contact between the presidential hopes and the talisman captain in Camp Nou.
With Messi playing his cards close to his chest, it remains to be seen what the new year will bring for the mercury South American.
His intentions don’t become clear until he makes a formal announcement.
The last time he publicly discussed his plans was during an exclusive interview with Goal in September. Messi announced at the time that he would keep his contract and avoid any litigation with Barca.
Before that, he was keen to start a new chapter in his career, but his stance may have changed since then as he continues to be the subject of intense speculation.