Lionel Messi’s father and agent Jorge Messi has been spotted in Barcelona which has prompted rumors he’s in the city to talk about a contract renewal with the club.
Messi senior was spotted with Messi’s brother, Rodrigo, watching Barca B on Sunday night against Villarreal B. Garcia Pimienta’s side ran out 3-2 winners in a dramatic match which was also watched by Pedri.
❗️ Jorge Messi és a Barcelona. El pare de Leo Messi ha vist en directe la victòria del Barça B contra el Vila-real B al Johan Cruyff. Al seu costat també hi era el seu fill Rodrigo. #frac1 pic.twitter.com/Sr1EcMAgit— El Barça juga a RAC1 (@FCBRAC1) April 18, 2021
According to Mundo Deportivo, Jorge has been expected in Barcelona for a little while because Messi’s contract is due to expire at the end of June.
Fabrizio Romano also reckons Laporta’s ready to talk to the Messi family.
Jorge Messi - Leo Messi’s father - is in Barcelona right now as reported by @martinezferran.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 18, 2021
Barça president Joan Laporta is ready to open talks with Messi in the next days to extend his contract. Laporta is still confident and convinced about Messi’s future at Barça. #FCB
The report suggests he will meet with the club soon to chat with president Joan Laporta and his team about a renewal.
Laporta spoke about Messi after Saturday’s Copa del Rey win over Athletic and made it clear again that he will try to do all he can to keep hold of the captain.
“Leo is the best player in the world. He’s very attached to this club. I’m convinced that he wants to stay and we’ll do everything in our power so that he stays. Today, we saw that he’s surrounded by a great team. They played some very good football.”
Source | Marca
Messi certainly looked happy when he lifted the trophy and spoke about how it was a special moment after the game. There had been conflicting reports in the build-up to the final about whether or not he had received a contract offer from Laporta.