November 28, 2022

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Xavi open to Messi returning to Barcelona


Xavi stated he can be open to the opportunity of Lionel Messi returning to Barcelona, although admitted {that a} deal is at present “unimaginable”, Eurosport reviews.

Messi ended a 21-year affiliation with Barcelona final summer time, departing on a free switch to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain after monetary difficulties left Barcelona unable to resume his contract.

The Argentine endured an injury-disrupted first marketing campaign at PSG scoring simply eleven occasions in all competitions; his worst return because the 2005-06 season.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta prompt just lately that he was eager for Messi to return to Barcelona for a “extra stunning ending” to his profession.

And whereas seemingly dismissing any rapid prospect of the Argentina captain returning to the membership, Xavi didn’t rule out a possible reunion together with his former team-mate.

“For the time being, signing Leo Messi is unimaginable. He has a contract with Paris [Saint-Germain].

“We are going to see sooner or later. It’s not the time to speak about him.”

Messi signed a two-year deal when becoming a member of PSG final summer time, with the opportunity of an extra yr’s extension.

Laporta nonetheless fuelled hypothesis that the 35-year-old’s Barcelona profession had not reached a full cease when he prompt it was his “accountability” to make amends for a shock, unplanned departure from the membership.

“Messi was every thing,” Laporta stated to ESPN.
“To Barca, he’s been presumably its biggest participant, probably the most environment friendly. To me he’s solely corresponding to Johan Cruyff. However it needed to occur sooner or later. We needed to decide as a consequence of what we inherited. The establishment is answerable for gamers, coaches.

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“I might hope that the Messi chapter isn’t over. I believe it’s our accountability to attempt to… discover a second to repair that chapter, which remains to be open and hasn’t closed, so it seems prefer it ought to have, and that it has a extra stunning ending.”