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Xavi ‘has asked Barcelona to re-sign Lionel Messi next summer’

Xavi ‘has asked president Joan Laporta to re-sign former team-mate next summer once his contract at expires, with ex-midfielder hoping for final reunion with 35-year-old before he retires’.

Xavi has urged Barcelona to bring about a sensational return for club legend Lionel next summer, according to reports in Spain.

Messi was expected to extend his deal with Barcelona last summer following positive initial talks between all parties, but LaLiga’s financial regulations prevented a deal from happening.

The Argentina international then broke his 20-year association with the Catalan giants by signing a two-year contract with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in August, for whom he scored just six league goals in 2021-22.

Messi admitted in May he did not want to leave the ‘complete happiness’ of playing at Camp Nou, and a report from SPORT suggests his former team-mate Xavi has told Barcelona president Joan Laporta to secure his return.

The former and Barcelona forward has made his return the club that gave him his professional debut.

The former Barcelona and Spain midfielder maintains an excellent relationship with the Argentine star, the report adds, and he is reportedly convinced Messi’s return could bring a lot to the club both on and off the pitch.

The report suggests a return would be the final transfer of Messi’s career, with the goal then being that he would hang up his boots at the club, which would scupper MLS sides’ dreams of him playing in America.

However, Sportsmail understands PSG want him to sign a one-year contract extension, despite his underwhelming first season in France.

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