Messi's father dampens speculation about son leaving Barcelona

BY foxsports • November 19, 2014

Lionel Messi's father, who acts as the player's agent, has played down the stir his son caused by hinting at an exit from Barcelona.

Jorge Messi told Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper that "the plan is to stay here, but since people read between the lines they exaggerate".

He added: "Leo is happy, but if one day the club says, 'We have had an offer for you, we want to sell you,' well, we would have to study it."

Lionel Messi said Tuesday that he would like to stay at Barcelona but "sometimes not everything happens the way you want."

The 27-year-old Messi, Barcelona's all-time leading scorer, is under contract until 2018.

Last May, Barcelona said it had improved the terms of his contract.