The future of Lionel Messi continues to be a talking point for various football media outlets. The 35-year-old’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in June and there’s plenty of speculation on where Messi will play the 2023-24 season.
Recently it’s appeared to be a two-team race between Inter Milan and French giants as to who would sign Messi for next season. However, Spanish journalist Gerard Romero reported on Monday that the Argentine isn’t set on remaining in Paris.
Nonetheless, the reporting done by Romero was quickly debunked by journalists in England, France and Spain moments later.
📌🇦🇷 Situation Messi :
▫️ Il souhaite finalement ne pas prolonger au PSG selon @gerardromero
▫️ Jusqu’à tout récemment, la tendance était à un accord verbal pour une prolongation au PSG, avec les modalités encore à définir
— Hadrien Grenier (@hadrien_grenier) January 23, 2023
PSG remain confident of agreeing a Lionel Messi extension. Club preference is a new 1+1 deal. Messi does have an existing one-year extension in his current contract. Nothing has changed. PSG still holding ongoing discussions over specifics. pic.twitter.com/TJ9CVOXo9c
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) January 23, 2023
Additionally, Mundo Deportivo’s Dani Gil revealed that the whispers about Messi not wanting to continue with PSG is a maneuver by FC Barcelona. The Spanish club has fallen on the wayside regarding the rumors connecting them to Messi for a return.
📌 El entorno de #Messi cree que las últimas informaciones sobre su futuro son una maniobra de distracción por parte del FCB. Esperan cerrar pronto la reunión con el PSG.
📌 En París, gente cercana a Al Khelaifi dice: "No creo que haya cambiado nada. Quiere renovar por un año".
— Dani Gil (@danigilopez) January 23, 2023
It seems that the capital club is likely to win the Messi sweepstakes, and if he does leave, the destination will probably be out of Europe and join the South Florida club.