Lionel Messi is sticking to his promise over his Barcelona future by keeping Man City and PSG waiting over his decision.
The Argentine forward stated back in December he would not enter discussions with other clubs until the end of the season, and appears to have been good to his word.
As Goal reports, Messi has not entertained a single conversation with external parties, despite being free to do so since January 1.
That includes opposition players and managers, including Pep Guardiola, as Messi has remained focus on doing his best for Barca this season before making a call on his future.
The 33-year-old is very much determined to keep the ball firmly in his court in that regard, and is adamant his decision will not be affected by the influence of others.
He’s even kept himself out of the upcoming presidential election, refusing to side with any of the candidates.
It was thought previously that the outcome of that race could play a part in Messi’s decision, but it seems that is not the case and his next move will be independent of whoever wins.
Barcelona remain hopeful of keeping Messi at the club but the latest controversy will have done little for their chances.
A copy of Messi’s contract was leaked to the press over the weekend, with Spanish newspaper El Mundo publishing details of his staggering income.
It revealed Messi rakes in over £120million per season over the three-year deal, plus a signing on fee of £102m, and a loyalty bonus of £69m.
Should Messi choose to renew with Barcelona it is unlikely he will be able to command similar figures, particularly given the club’s perilous financial situation accumulating to over £1billion worth of debt.
Barca boss Ronald Koeman hit out at the leak and insisted that anyone found responsible from inside the club would be shown the door.
“Without Leo we couldn’t aspire to win very much,” Koeman said. “We have known for a very long time that he is the best player in the world, he has done so much for this club and is decisive. We have to respect everything Messi has done.
“If this was someone from the club they cannot have a future here.”
Koeman also slammed PSG star Angel Di Maria, who talked up the possibility of playing alongside Messi in the near future.
“For me, it’s a lack of respect,” Koeman said, as quoted by Get Spanish Football News.
“It’s not respectful to speak about a player that is still a Barça player.
“It’s not good, especially before a Champions League game against PSG.”