Lionel Messi

Jorge Messi says it’s now “difficult” to stay at Barca

Jorge Messi has confirmed that his son will most likely be leaving Camp Nou, but has denied being in contact with Pep Guardiola

Lionel Messi’s father and agent has opened the door to a move to Manchester City, admitting it will be “difficult” for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner to remain at Barcelona.

Messi shocked the football world last week by submitting a formal transfer request at Camp Nou, which saw him outline his desire to activate the release clause in his current contract, which expires in 2021.

A number of possible next destinations have been mooted for the 33-year-old in the wake of the news, including Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus, but Goal learned that City boss Guardiola had been in contact with Messi prior to him dropping his transfer bombshell.