Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez is furious with the club’s board for the way it has publicly discussed a potential return for Lionel Messi. El Confidential reports.
Messi, who joined Paris Saint-Germain after the Catalans failed to offer him a new contract and failed to renew Financial Fair Play rules in 2021, becomes a free agent on June 30.
On Friday, Barca vice-president Rafa Juste confirmed the club had made contact with Messi’s camp, speaking at the Barca academy’s World Cup press conference.
“Of course, I would like him to come back, which he can represent on a sporting, social and economic level. We are in contact with them, yes,” Juste said.
In his own press conference minutes after Barca’s La Liga clash with Elche on Saturday, Xavi tried to play down the furor caused by Juste’s remarks.
“It’s not time to talk about Leo’s return.” Xavi emphasized. “I talk to him often, but now is not the time for everyone’s benefit: the player himself, the club, the current team…”
Xavi concluded his answer by adding: “I want him to come back to help us. He is the best player in the world and history.”
Agreed El ConfidentialHowever, Xavi has been angered by public talk of an approach for Messi and believes the best way for the club’s top brass to help his side win titles is to refrain from talking about the Argentine and any other potential signings until the end of the season. season
Xavi fears that such an approach could destabilize his team and their short-term goals, with them having already won one title (the Spanish Super Cup) and the La Liga trophy being pretty close, as well as the Copa del Rey. Ray’s semi-final.
At the same time, the Spanish media that reported the program suggested that talking about Messi was an attempt by president Joan Laporta to divert attention from the “Caso Negreira” scandal.
However, if Xavi is indeed unnerved by the events of the past few days, he is not far off to insist the Blaugrana are focusing on securing a domestic treble before revealing backstage secrets and thinking aloud.