The latest Lionel Messi transfer news sees Barcelona vice President Rafa Yuste comment on the Argentine’s potential return, alongside first team manager Xavi Hernandez.
This is the first time that anybody from the club has gone on record about the player’s return. And it significantly opens up the possibility of Lionel Messi returning to the club where he made a name for himself as one of the greatest of all-time.
Lionel Messi transfer news: Barcelona possibility opens up
“He and his family know how much we appreciate them,” Yuste stated at a press conference for the presentation of the Barcelona Academy World Cup.
“I took part in the negotiations which, unfortunately, didn’t end the way we wanted. It frustrates me that he couldn’t stay.
“I would love for him to return because of what he could represent, not only on a sporting level.
“These kinds of nice stories deserve happy endings.
“We are in contact with them.
“When you are in love and you break up with someone, you always want to stay in love. Even if you lose contact.
“We will always be in love with him and he will always be in love with Barcelona and the city.”
Here is what Xavi had to say about his former teammate’s potential return to Barcelona:
“It’s not the time to talk about Messi’s return. I talk a lot with him. It’s a topic that we are dealing with”
“Hopefully we can see him at Barcelona again. It’s the club of his life”.
“I’d love for Leo Messi to return. It’s a topic we’re working on, but it doesn’t just depend on me”. 🔵🔴 #FCB
“It depends on Lionel’s happiness and whether he wants to return”.
“It’s not the right time to speak about that — but I’d be the first one to be very happy”.
“Of course I love Leo Messi! I saw him growing up at Barça… and it’s also normal to see people excited with his potential return.”
“Everyone would like to see Messi’s Last Dance like Michael Jordan!”, Xavi added.