Superstar Lionel Messi has spoken openly about returning to FC Barcelona. The Argentine, who has been storming for Paris Saint-Germain since this summer, said at the Marca that he would like to return to his longtime club. In what role and at what point in time – Messi left that open.
“I’ve always said that I wanted to come back to Barcelona to help the club,” said Messi. He would “love” if there was a chance to return to Camp Nou, the 34-year-old said.
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Messi joined PSG on a free transfer from Barca a few months ago. This was preceded by tough contract negotiations, which resulted in the Catalans having to let go of their figurehead because they could no longer afford his salary.
Club boss Joan Laporta recently brought Dani Alves back and said of a possible return of Messi and Andres Iniesta (Vissel Kobe): “I’m not ruling anything out. It happened to Dani, age is a number. They are two great players.”
Without ex-captain Messi, things will be bumpy for Barcelona this season. A few days ago, coach Ronald Koeman had to leave and Messi’s ex-teammate Xavi took over. A good choice for Messi: “Xavi is a coach who knows a lot and he knows a lot about Barcelona. After all, he’s been there since he was a child. He’s a very important caregiver for young players and I have no doubts that the club will grow with him. “