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“I think it is disrespectful from the media how they report, that there are those who consciously and deliberately deceive, without providing any proof of their claims, and wanting to transform any malicious rumour into news or is directed by someone in favour of their interests,” he added.

“They would have to explain why they don’t contest the information… they don’t want the truth to ruin their “news”.

Messi only returned to training with PSG on Monday following his suspension from the club after he took an unauthorised trip to the Arabian Gulf as part of a separate deal with Saudi Arabia’s tourism board.

The World Cup winner was fined two weeks’ wages – an estimated £1.4m (€1.6m) – for the breach and it is widely expected in France that he will end his two-year spell with PSG after leaving Barcelona in 2021.

The Catalan giants are keen to bring their club icon back this summer and reunite him with head coach Xavi Hernandez, and with the news that there is no agreement, a return to the Camp Nou remains a possibility.

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