Lionel Messi confirms he wants to return to Barcelona as he expresses a desire ‘to help the club in any way’… and backs new boss Xavi
- PSG star Lionel Messi has reiterated he wants to return to Barcelona one day
- Six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s time at his beloved club came to an end over the summer
- The Argentinian has already expressed his intentions to eventually return to Spain
Lionel Messi, star player of Paris Saint-Germain, has reiterated that he wants to return to Barcelona one day, because he “wants to help the club in any way”.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner’s time with his beloved Barcelona came to an end in the summer after financial turmoil prevented him from being offered a new contract.
Messi has already expressed his intentions to eventually return to Spain and has reinforced his preference.
Lionel Messi (L) reiterated the desire to one day return to Barcelona, now managed by Xavi (R),
“I always said I would go back to Barcelona in a while because it was my home and I lived there,” he said. marca.
“I would always like to help the club in any way I can and of course if I can contribute and help the club I would be happy to return.”
Messi sensationally had to walk away from Barcelona and leave the Spanish giants for good, despite being widely expected to remain at the Camp Nou.
After becoming a free agent after his deal expired, he looked set to re-sign with the club.
Messi and Xavi were team-mates at Barça for 11 years, where they won a number of trophies together
Messi lined up for a new long-term deal, albeit on lower pay terms, but an agreement could not be reached due to LaLiga financial regulations.
Instead, the Argentina international completed a stunning move to PSG on a two-year deal worth £1million a week.
Messi has scored four goals so far and provided one assist in nine appearances for the French giants, including his first Ligue 1 goal in a 3-1 win over Nantes last weekend.
While his former club Barcelona took their first league win since October 17 after beating rivals Espanyol when Messi’s former team-mate stepped down from his reign as manager with three points.
Messi, who will be in England on Wednesday night for the Champions League trip to Manchester City, threw his support behind the former midfielder.
“With Xavi, Barcelona will grow,” he said. ‘He is a coach who knows a lot and knows the house down to the last detail.’