Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi next summer in Barcelona

Xavi has urged Barcelona to bring about a sensational return for club legend Lionel Messi next summer, according to reports in Spain.

Xavi ‘has asked Barcelona president Joan Laporta to re-sign former team-mate Lionel Messi next summer once his contract at PSG expires.

With ex-midfielder hoping for final reunion with 35-year-old before he retires’

Lionel Messi in Barcelona?

Lionel Messi sensationally left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain last year

His first season in France was underwhelming, scoring just six Ligue 1 goals
Messi admitted in May he did not want to leave the ‘happiness’ of Camp Nou.

Reports in Spain claim his former team-mate Xavi is trying to engineer his return

Messi was expected to extend his deal with Barcelona last summer following positive initial talks between all parties, but LaLiga’s financial regulations prevented a deal from happening.

The Argentina international then broke his 20-year association with the Catalan giants by signing a two-year contract with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in August, for whom he scored just six league goals in 2021-22.

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