Lionel Messi’s father Jorge Messi releases statement regarding Saudi Arabia transfer reports


The father of Lionel Messi has released a statement hitting back at reports that his son has agreed a lucrative deal to join a club in Saudi Arabia.

Reports in France have claimed that Messi has already accepted terms to sign for the Saudi Pro League side after his PSG contract expires this summer.

Al Hilal are confident of securing Messi’s signature, former club Barcelona feel the same way, although nothing is close to being finalized.

And Jorge Messi has issued a statement insisting his son has indeed not yet made up his mind about his future, hitting back at reports claiming he has.

“There is absolutely nothing with any club for next year. The decision will not be made before Lionel ends the league with PSG,” he said.

“Once the season is over, it will be time to analyze and see what is there and then make a decision.

“There are always rumors and many use the name Lionel to make themselves famous, but there is only one truth and we can assure you that there is nothing with anyone. Not verbal, not signed, not agreed, and it will not be until the end of the season.

“It seems disrespectful to me that there are people who knowingly and deliberately lie without proving their claims and want to turn any malicious rumor into news or manipulated to benefit their interests. They would have to explain that they are not contradicting information…they will not want the truth to destroy their ‘news’.”

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