Xavi Hernandez has mentioned Lionel Messi returning to Barcelona is “unattainable” in the meanwhile however has not definitively closed the door on bringing him again to the membership sooner or later.
Barca president Joan Laporta told ESPN last week that he considers it his duty to make sure Messi has a “extra lovely ending” at Camp Nou following his painful exit final summer time.
Nonetheless, Xavi has performed down the possibilities of re-signing Messi from Paris Saint-Germain, who he joined on a two-year contract final summer time as a result of Barca couldn’t afford to resume his deal.
“Leo has a contract, so it is unattainable, unattainable,” Xavi instructed a information convention in Dallas forward of Tuesday’s pleasant in opposition to Juventus on the Cotton Bowl.
“It would not make sense to discuss Messi. He’s the very best participant on this planet and the very best ever. The president has already mentioned that he hopes Messi’s story has not completed with Barcelona. We’ll see sooner or later, nevertheless it’s not the second to discuss Leo, it is the second to speak in regards to the thrilling gamers we have now right here.”
The post-Messi period has cranked up a gear at Barcelona this summer time with the signings of attackers Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha. They comply with the January arrivals of Ferran Torres and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Messi will probably be 36 when his contract expires with PSG in 2023 however stories proceed to hyperlink him with a Barca return. Following Laporta’s feedback to ESPN, Diario Sport reported that Xavi had requested the president to try to signal him on a free switch subsequent summer time.
Messi’s departure from the Catalan membership left a bitter style. He was ready to simply accept a decrease wage to remain however Barca have been nonetheless unable to suit his wages inside their LaLiga-imposed spending restrict.
“Messi was the whole lot,” Laporta mentioned completely to ESPN final week.
“To Barca, he is been probably [the club’s] best participant, probably the most environment friendly. To me, he is solely corresponding to Johan Cruyff. But it surely needed to occur someday. We needed to decide as a consequence of what we inherited.
“I might hope that the Messi chapter is not over. I believe it is our duty to attempt to … discover a second to repair that chapter, which remains to be open and hasn’t closed, so it seems because it ought to have, and that it has a extra lovely ending.
“As president of Barca, I did what I needed to do. But in addition, as president of Barca, and on a private stage, I believe I owe him.”
Laporta has beforehand spoken of his want to see Messi again at Barca, the place he gained the Ballon d’Or on six events, in addition to holding the membership’s data for targets (672) and appearances (778).