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Barcelona meet with Messi's father as great stands his ground about leaving club

Lionel Messi's wish to leave FC Barcelona looks no closer to a resolution, despite a meeting between the player's father and the club president today

Lionel Messi. Source: Associated Press

Jorge Messi arrived in Barcelona from Argentina and wasted no time, heading straight to his lawyer's office.

When stopped by reporters who asked if his son will stay at the club he's been at for 20 years, he said "it's difficult".

He also denied having been in contact with Manchester City, who are reportedly keen to sign the 33-year-old.

A five-year offer worth more than $1 billion is believed to have been agreed with the English club's United Arab Emirates owners.

The deal would see Messi play for Manchester City and later play two seasons for New York FC, the MLS side with the same owners.

It's understood in today's meeting, Messi's entourage reiterated the player's request to honour a clause in his contract which says he can leave for free at the end of the season.

The club claim that clause expired in June.

Messi's lawyers believe because of the effect Covid-19 had in delaying the European football season, they were within their rights to trigger the clause in August.

The six time World Player of the Year informed Barcelona he wanted to leave via a legal document late last month.

It's also been reported Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu refused to give into Messi's demands and responded by saying he's not for sale and instead offered a two-year renewal.

The Argentinean currently has a $1.2 billion release clause.

Messi is said to have become disillusioned at the Spanish club after disastrous results in the Champions League, including the 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

A toxic relationship with president Bartomeu has also contributed, with Messi not convinced by the club's sporting project.

Barcelona's captain is yet to speak publicly since their calamitous Champions League exit last month.