FC Barcelona’s Vice President, Rafa Yuste, has confirmed that the club has contacted Lionel Messi and his camp about possibly returning to the club this summer. Messi famously left Barcelona in tears in 2021. He signed a two-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain. His contract with PSG is set to expire on June 30. The Argentine has been reluctant to take up the option of an additional year at the Parc des Princes.
During a press conference on Friday, Yuste made comments that sent shockwaves through the football world. He reportedly confirmed his club’s interest in re-signing Messi. Yuste said, “Leo and his family know the affection I have for them. I participated in the negotiations that unfortunately did not lead to a successful conclusion. I have the thorn on my side that Leo could not continue in our club. If we are talking about La Masia and grassroots football, we are talking about Messi. Of course, I would love for him to come back, for what it could represent at a sporting, social, and economic level. We are in contact with them, yes”.
It is the first public confirmation of Barcelona working on Messi’s potential return. Although it should not come as a surprise that they have been in contact with his camp. Given Barcelona’s economic woes, they cannot match PSG in salary. However, according to El Nacional, the club will look to offer Messi a €200,000 yearly wage. And then the proceeds from his farewell match and merchandise could bring in between €100-200 million. The prospect of Messi’s return to Barcelona has generated much excitement among fans. It remains to be seen where the Argentine will end up playing next season.
PSG head coach Christophe Galtier uncertain about Messi’s future at the club
PSG coach Christophe Galtier seems uncertain about Messi‘s presence at the club next season. With links emerging from MLS, Saudi Arabia, and Barcelona, Galtier doesn’t seem to have any idea as to which way this will go.
In a recent interview, Galtier was asked about the contract situation of Lionel Messi. Galtier said, “There is Leo’s position and the club’s position. There are discussions going on between the two parties.” He then said, “As for what Messi will decide, or what the club will decide, that’s not for me to say. It’s confidential”.
According to Mundo Deportivo, PSG is willing to offer Messi “more money and more years” than just the additional “plus one“. L’Equipe, on the other hand, reported that Messi currently takes home €3.375 million a month from the Ligue 1 giants. This puts him behind teammates Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
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