Nothing is done, nothing concrete is emerging concerning a possible return of Lionel Messi to FC Barcelona. However, Xavi, the Blaugrana coach, deftly conveyed the message that La "Pulga" was welcome for one or two final laps at his long-time club.
After FC Barcelona, already mathematically champion of Spain, played against Mallorca (3-0) on the 37th and penultimate day Sunday, the Catalan coach, questioned in a post-match press conference, evoked the possibility of a return of Messi to his training club after a two-season escapade at PSG.
Cleverly, Xavi praised Jordi Alba and Busquets, two Blaugrana figures on the start, whose last game at Camp Nou, to draw a parallel with the Argentine world champion and seven-time Ballon d'Or.
"It was very emotional to say goodbye to Camp Nou and to Jordi Alba and Busquets," Xavi told microphones and cameras. For me, they are the best I've seen in their position. They were very lucky because few players were able to say goodbye to the club and Camp Nou in this way. They are two great characters and two great team captains and they deserve it."
After which, the Catalan coach was able to indicate that he was in favor of a return of Messi, if necessary. "We love Messi, of course, nothing has changed. He is the best player in the history of football and Barça. That doesn't mean he will come back or he won't come back. We'll see what he wants to do, it's up to him. But we think he deserves a farewell, a tribute. We'll see, we'll see. »