La Liga: Lionel Messi set to remain at Barcelona after crunch talks between club and his father

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Lionel Messi set to remain at Barcelona after crunch talks between club and his father

Lionel Messi set to remain at Barcelona.

The world was shocked last month when the six-time World Player of the Year handed in a transfer request to the club.

In a crunch meeting between the club and the Argentine’s father, Jorge, the club asked him to help persuade his son to reconsider his attempt to force his way out of the club.

Several media in Argentina, who first reported that Messi had sent a Burofax to Barcelona requesting a free-transfer, even suggested he was now ’90 per cent likely to stay’.

Messi would carry on until June 2021 – effectively admitting defeat in the battle to prove his deadline for informing the club he wanted to leave should have been moved back because the pandemic delayed the end of the season.

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Messi is understood to be considering his options again after Wednesday’s crunch talks

The latest development came after Jorge Messi arrived in Barcelona from Argentina on Wednesday morning and began the day saying it would be ‘difficult’ for his son to stay at Barcelona.

Before the sit-down Bartomeu briefed reporters that the club would report both Messi and Manchester City if he moved to the Etihad without the payment of his £630million release clause.

The fact that the Barcelona president turned up to the meeting without lawyers has also been seen as a clear indication of the club feeling they are on more solid ground than Messi.

Barcelona are not training on Thursday so Messi has a day to think on changing his current position ahead of training on Friday.