Lionel Messi has reportedly agreed a deal to head to Saudi Arabia next season – but his father insists this is not the case.
The Paris Saint-Germain star is out of contract at the end of the season with interest building in the 35-year-old’s services.
However, according to French news agency AFP, a move to Saudi Arabia has now been agreed.
It has been claimed that he will join Al Hilal on a £522million contract.
However, his father Jorge responded to the claims and insisted that nothing has been signed.
In a statement on Instagram, he said: “There’s absolutely nothing agreed with any club for next season. We will decide at the end of the season.
“Nothing is signed, agreed or verbally agreed. Only fake news using Leo’s name.”
Messi is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all-time due to his stellar performances for both club and country.
As well as winning seven Ballon d’Or awards in his career, the Argentine superstar completed his much-decorated set of silverware by winning the World Cup with his country in Qatar last year.
Since then speculation has gone into overdrive regarding his future plans, with Inter Miami interested and a potential return to Barcelona mooted.
However, Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal is seemingly the most likely destination where he would reignite his rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Messi arrived in Paris in the summer of 2021 after leaving Barcelona due to the club’s complicated financial situation.
Since then the Argentine superstar has scored 34 goals and bagged 31 assists in 71 appearances for the club.
His relationship with PSG has deteriorated in recent weeks following his suspension for taking an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia, subsequently missing team training.
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