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Lionel Messi’s father Jorge has responded to a recent report that the Barcelona star could leave the club in the case of Catalan independence.

El Mundo have published a report suggesting Messi could walk away for free, despite his €700 million release clause, if Barca were affected by independence.

However, Jorge Messi says that Messi will stay at the club as long as the club are playing in a “top league.”

“All that has been said is not true,” he said.

”There is an agreement that Lionel will remain at the club as long as they are playing in a top league.

”If Catalonia gets independence then Lionel would remain as long as they were in a competitive league.”

Source | Argentine radio via FourFourTwo

Messi signed a new contract in November that will keep him at the club until November 2021.