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Barcelona ‘in touch’ with Lionel Messi over summer time reunion, says membership VP

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F.C. Barcelona is in discussions with Lionel Messi and his camp over a possible reunion this summer time, the membership’s vp Rafa Yuste stated in a information convention on Friday.

“I’m nonetheless gutted he could not proceed right here,” Yuste stated. “In fact I would love him to return again, due to what he represents on a sporting, social and financial stage.

“We’re in touch with them, sure. Stunning tales ought to have completely happy endings, and there’s a mutual love between the 2 events.”

Messi, 35, spent everything of his senior profession with Barcelona earlier than being compelled to go away on a free switch in 2021 because of the Spanish LaLiga’s strict monetary honest play guidelines. Whereas fincancials stay an impediment for Barcelona in 2023 — the membership must shed or stability greater than $160 million from its payroll to convey Messi again — Yuste is optimistic there is a path for Messi’s return.

“We nonetheless have two months to work arduous to current our income and sustainability plan to [LaLiga president Javier] Tebas,” Yuste stated.

Barcelona is presently 12 factors away from second place Actual Madrid in LaLiga. In Messi’s final season with Barcelona, they completed third in LaLiga underneath Ronald Koeman. Barcelona is now coached by Xavi, who starred alongside Messi at Barcelona from 2004-2015.

Xavi has made it clear that Messi is at all times welcome at Barça, however he stated he isn’t main the cost on that entrance out of respect for Messi, who’s nonetheless underneath contract with Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

“We’re pals, we converse typically, nevertheless it’s not the second to speak about this, for the nice of Leo, the membership or the squad,” the Spanish supervisor stated forward of Barcelona’s journey to Elche. “It is a difficulty we’re coping with, however from that to [his return] is a giant leap.

“I hope we see him come house. I am the primary one who would like to see the most effective participant ever return. And it’s regular that followers are excited a few ‘Final Dance’ like Michael Jordan.”

Different golf equipment can be within the combine for Messi, together with MLS aspect Inter Miami CF, however no membership on this planet has a relationship with Messi like Barcelona.

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