Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed Lionel Messi wants to return to the club after revealing he has held conversations with the 35-year-old.
Messi left the club for Paris Saint-Germain almost two years ago when his contract expired and Barça could not sign him up with a new one due to the club’s financial problems and LaLiga regulations.
The Argentine, who was booed this weekend when he returned from his PSG ban, is expected to leave the French capital this summer after two seasons, and Laporta told Catalan station TV3 that Messi wants to return to Camp Nou.
“I talked to Lee, it was very nice,” Laporta said.
“We have renewed the relationship. Messi wants Barca, he feels this club is his home.”
Messi has also been linked with a big move to Saudi Arabia, but Laporta, speaking after Barcelona sealed the LaLiga title on Sunday, was upbeat about the prospect of the forward’s sensational return.
“Barça is Barça. They are doing a good job in Saudi Arabia, they are investing, but I insist: Barça is his home.
Barcelona’s top scorer Messi has 15 goals and 15 assists in 29 Ligue 1 games this season as PSG close in on the Ligue 1 title.