Lionel Messi’s agent and dad has rubbished claims the Paris Saint-Germain star has agreed to join Inter Miami on a four-year deal once his contract expires next year.
Messi signed a two-year contract with PSG last summer after leaving boyhood club Barcelona in emotional circumstances. But the legendary Argentine has found it trickier than anticipated to adapt to life with the Parisian giants, having netted just 11 goals this season.
With his poor form leading to speculation around his long-term future, Front Office Sports claimed on Tuesday that Messi is set to join David Beckham’s MLS club Inter Miami next year while also acquiring a 35% stake in the franchise.
But his father has now denied the report, telling Le Parisien via TMZ Sports: ”Leo has not yet decided on his future. And if Leo Messi has crossed paths with David Beckham in the last few hours, it is only as part of PSG’s stay in Doha where the former English midfielder plays a role as an ambassador for the next World Cup in Qatar.”
The comments come after Messi and his PSG teammates were photographed with Beckham on Monday during their mid-season tour of Doha.
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Beckham, formerly of PSG, has long been linked with a sensational move for Messi. Yet the Miami chief played down the rumours when quizzed about a transfer in February.
He explained: “I've always said I want the best players in our club and playing in our shirt because there's a certain expectation.
“Unfortunately, sometimes it can be a bad thing. But most of the time it's a good thing. When I first started this project, people were saying ‘This guy is coming, that guy is coming, [Cristiano] Ronaldo is coming, Messi's coming.’
"At the end of the day, we need to win, whether it's with the young kids or stars. Our fans will be happy if we have stars on the team, but they'll be even happier if they're seeing young players coming through our academy and lifting the MLS Cup.”
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