The mercurial Argentine’s former teammate, the Blaugrana manager, is open to the thought of further talks with an all-time great.
Lionel Messi’s return to Barcelona is still a possibility in Xavi’s eyes, but the current Blaugrana manager is hesitant to get too involved in that discussion right now because a contract in 2022 is still “impossible.” This is due to a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner’s remaining 12-month contract with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Two years after making a dramatic move from Camp Nou to Parc des Princes, the Argentine superstar could become free agent again if no extension to his contract is reached. Barca president Joan Laporta has previously acknowledged that he would want to see an all-time great return to Catalunya.
Will Lionel Messi visit Barcelona one more?
After being unable to afford a new deal for Messi in 2021, Laporta has claimed that the South American front’s “chapter” at Barcelona is still open and that he feels like he “owes” the forward.
Xavi, who previously shared the field with a legendary player who emerged after him from the renowned La Masia academy system, would appreciate the chance to bring back a fan favorite, but he is aware that no trade can be negotiated until 2023.
When questioned about the homecoming rumors, he responded, “Signing Leo Messi is currently impossible. He is bound to Paris by a contract.
“We’ll find out later. The time is not right to discuss him.
Of course Xavi would welcome Lionel Messi back to Barcelona 🤗 pic.twitter.com/HTstQrHcoc
— GOAL (@goal) March 19, 2022
Is Xavi Barcelona’s replacement for Pep Guardiola?
With Robert Lewandowski becoming the newest superstar to be lured to Camp Nou after completing a €50 million (£42 million/$51 million) signing from Bayern Munich, former club captain Xavi is trying to lead Barca back to a level that would appeal to Messi.
The current obstacle is to offer significant silverware so that those living in the present might imitate the successes of those from a distinguished past.
Xavi has been likened to Pep Guardiola for the Blaugrana, having distinguished himself as a player for the Liga heavyweights before attempting to revive prior glory as a coach.
Regarding these parallels, a 42-year-old strategist stated: “I don’t have the concept of matching Pep; what I want is for Barca to win.
“I don’t want to beat Pep, Johan (Cruyff), or anyone; it’s not an ego issue. Instead, I have learned from them, I am their pupil, and my goal is to bring Barcelona back to the top of the globe.
On how the hiring process helps with that, Xavi added: “The club is trying extremely hard to maintain on strengthening the team. I’m pleased with how the squad is practicing and performing on the field right now.
“This is an exciting initiative, therefore players want to come here. Although our current situation is not ideal, Barcelona is still Barcelona. Barcelona winning titles is what I want to see.