Barcelona have started contract negotiations with the club legend Lionel Messi in the hope that he would make a sensational return to the club in 2023.
This news was first reported by Catalunya Radio on Sunday evening after Barcelona beat the Mexican Pumas UNAM 6–0 in Joan Gamper Trophy.
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⚽ Barcelona 6-0 Pumas
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According to the station El Club the let Mitjanite program, club president Joan Laporta have already started discussions with Messirepresentatives, led by his father and agent Jorge Messi.
As things stand, Messihis contract at Paris Saint Germaine will expire in June 2023. However, there is an option for seven times Balloon The d’Or winner extends his contract by 12 months if he wishes.
It has been reported that Messi could be tempted to return to Barcelona and spend the final years of his stellar career at the club where he made his name.
Messi joined the club’s world-famous academy, La Masia when he was just a teenager.
The rumors are connected Messi with a return to the Catalan club was partly fueled by comments from Laportawho said he owed a “moral debt” to Messi for the way he traveled last summer.
Laporta spoke to CBS Sports and was asked about Messimoving to PSG.
He said: “I did what I had to do to put the institution above the greatest player in history. I have known Messi since he was little, I love Leo.
“I feel a moral debt to the best player in history. I will do my best to be sure Messi has the best finish to his career with Barcelona.
“I would like to do it. It won’t be easy, but I think with the right strategy we can do it. We will do our best to have Messi ends his career with Barcelona.”
Laporta was also asked if negotiations would start immediately.
He replied: “This is an idea we have. Now is not the best moment to talk about it since he is a player PSG and he has one year left on his contract. We have to respect that.”
Meanwhile, Messi has had a promising start League 1 season with Parc Dec Prince’s club. The Argentine international stole the show during the 5th–0 win against Clermont Foot after assisting once and scoring twice, with one of his goals being a brilliant overhead kick.
Want Messi return to camp Now next season? Only time will tell.