Catalonia President Backs Lionel Messi to Return to Barcelona When His PSG Deal Expires

Catalonia President Backs Lionel Messi to Return to Barcelona When His PSG Deal Expires

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  • Catalonia President has given his approval of a move for Lionel Messi to return to Barcelona next season
  • The Argentine who penned a two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 is out of contract in the summer
  • Barcelona are among several teams interested in signing the 35-year-old at the end of the season

Lionel Messi’s future has become a topic of interest for the football community and Catalonia president Pere Aragones has added his voice to the ongoing debate.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner looks set to become a free agent at the end of the season when his two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires.

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Barcelona are interested in re-signing Lionel Messi when his contract PSG contract expires at the end of the season. Photo by Soccrates Images
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According to Football Espana, Pere Aragones, has given his approval for Messi to return to Barcelona where he spent 17 seasons before joining PSG in 2021.

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“Many of us would like it. The numbers have to work, which is very complicated, but it would surely help to add to the spectacle at Barca.”

Barcelona has since registered their interest in re-signing the Argentine superstar, but the Catalan club will have to contend with top Saudi Arabia club Al-Hilal who have offered Messi the biggest contract in football.

Barcelona give Messi three conditions

Meanwhile, if Lionel Messi wants to return to the club he left two seasons ago, Barcelona has set three non-negotiable conditions, Daily Post reports.

First and foremost, Barcelona has warned Messi that if he is to return to Camp Nou, he must accept a reduced role in the squad and will also have to accept a lower weekly salary due to the Catalan giants' financial difficulties.

Third, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner, who is said to have a strained relationship with club president Joan Laporta, will not seek the captaincy if he returns to his childhood club.

Fans chants Messi’s name at Camp Nou

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi is still very much loved by Barcelona supporters and this was made evident in the King’s League final organized by former Spain defender Gerard Pique.

Over 92,000 fans had trooped into Camp Nou to witness the final of the seven aside competition but not before making a gesture towards Messi that caused goosebumps.

A video showed that the fans inside the stadiums were chanting Lionel Messi’s name before the kickoff of the competition on Sunday.