Barcelona News: Catalan giants in contact with Lionel Messi over summer transfer

Rafa Yuste, the vice-president of Barcelona, has stated that the club is communicating with Lionel Messi's representatives about the prospect of him making a comeback to Camp Nou in the upcoming summer.

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By Hiranya Karnatak | Apr 1, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Lionel Messi is reportedly in contact with his former club over a potential resigning in the upcoming transfer window. In 2021, Messi departed from Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain. His initial contract with PSG was for two years, with the possibility for Messi to extend it by one more season, though he hasn’t exercised that option yet. Although PSG has offered a new contract to Messi, and there are indications that clubs in the MLS and Saudi Arabia are also interested in signing him, it appears more probable that Barcelona will be successful in bringing back Messi to the club where he played for 21 years.

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Rafa Yuste, club’s vice president has openly admitted that Barcelona is communicating with Messi and is keen on bringing the 35-year-old player back to Catalonia, “Leo and his family know the affection I have for them,” he told Sport. “I participated in the negotiations that unfortunately did not lead to success.” However, Yuste admitted that Barcelona has to demonstrate to La Liga that they have the financial means to bring Messi back if they want to re-sign him.

He also said, “I’m gutted that Leo could not continue at out club. If you talk about La Masia, you talk about Messi. Of course, I would love to see him come back, for what it could represent at a sporting, social and economic level. and I think the fans too because beautiful stories in life have to have a happy ending. And we are in love with Messi and I think Messi is in love with Barça and the city of Barcelona. We are in contact with them, yes.”

Xavi’s views on Messi’s potential return

When asked about Yuste’s comments regarding Messi, Xavi shifted the conversation back to his team and their upcoming matches, indicating a desire to stay focused on the present moment, “This is not the time to talk about Leo’s return,” Xavi said. “I am a friend and I speak often with him, but this is not the time. Neither for the good of Leo, nor the club. It is a subject that we are dealing with. I have a lot of friendship, but we are a world away from it being able to be done.”

Xavi expressed his admiration for Messi, saying that he has seen him grow and that he is an exemplary player. He also mentioned the excitement people have about a possible return of Messi to Barcelona, referring to it as a “Last Dance” moment like Michael Jordan had. He said that he would be thrilled to see Messi back at the club in some capacity and that he is the best player in history. However, Xavi also emphasized that it’s not the right time to talk about Messi’s return, as they need to focus on upcoming matches and winning titles.

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