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Messi Reiterates Desire To 'Return' To Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has once again reiterated his desire to one day return to Barcelona.

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In a recent interview, the 34-year-old admitted that he wishes to go back to the Catalan club, seemingly once he has retired, in an advisory role.

Messi left the Blaugrana in August after president Joan Laporta informed his father Jorge Messi, who works as his agent, that a new deal for the six-time Ballon d'Or winner would be impossible due to the club's financial struggles.

Soon after that, the Argentine joined forces with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, where he has since scored just four goals in nine matches across competitions.

Now, in a new interview, Messi has said once again that he wishes to one day go back to Barcelona to "help the club", although he did not specify whether it would be before or after hanging up his boots.

"I have always said that I was going to return to Barcelona in some moment, because it was my home and I lived there," he told El Larguero.

"I would always like to help the club in whatever way I can and obviously, if I can contribute and help the club, I would love to return."

He then provided a short assessment of his former colleague and friend Xavi Hernandez, who has returned to the Camp Nou to manage the club.

"With Xavi, Barcelona are going to grow," he said.  

"He is a coach that knows a lot and that knows the home to perfection."

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