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Lionel Messi Blanking Calls From Barcelona Amid Interest From MLS Franchise Inter Miami
- Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi is ignoring phone calls from his former club Barcelona
- The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner is reported to be linked to a move back to the Camp Nou
- Lionel Messi is still contracted to French club Paris Saint-Germain, but Inter Miami are keen on signing him
Lionel Messi has reportedly been snubbing phone calls from former club Barcelona as speculation over his future intensifies.
The 35-year-old has one year left on his Paris Saint-Germain contract and could leave the Parisians as a free agent, having signed a two-year contract upon his departure from Catalonia in 2021.
The little magician is currently on the radar of MLS club Inter Miami, who are set to rival Barcelona and PSG for the signature of the 7-time Ballon d’Or winner.
Inter Miami are increasingly confident they can sign Messi as discussions between the two parties have been going on for years, Sports Brief reported.
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The Argentine genius is expected to make decisions on his future after the Qatar World Cup, with a return to Camp Nou on the cards amid his relationship with some members of the c,ub.
Barca president Joan Laporta and manager Xavi Hernandez are interested in bringing Messi back to Spain in 2023.
However, Spanish outlet Sport has disclosed Messi has been blanking all of Laporta's attempts to contact him and has no interest in mending his broken relationship with the club.
The report states that Laporta has been unsuccessfully trying to call Messi through intermediaries and also tried to meet him at the recent Ballon d'Or awards without success.
Messi supposedly feels that he was misled and betrayed by Laporta and other Barca chiefs upon his departure in 2021, damaging the club's prospects of a sensational reunion.
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Messi to skip PSG’s last game
Sports Brief earlier reported that Lionel Messi is worried about picking up a late injury before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off in Qatar on November 18.
The 7-time Ballon d’Or winner is aiming to lift the World Cup for the first time with Argentine and wants to avoid picking up any injuries before the start of the Mundial.
According to Sportskeeda, Messi could request to miss Paris Saint-Germain’s final Ligue 1 game before the World Cup against Auxerre - just to be safe.