Messi confirms he will ‘return to Barcelona’ after PSG stint

Date published: Monday 1st November 2021 11:15 - Jason Soutar

Lionel Messi during a match

Lionel Messi has confirmed he will return to Barcelona once his time at Paris St-Germain is over.

The Argentina captain ended his 21-year career with FC Barcelona in the summer as the Catalan club could not afford to pay his new contract.

He left on a free transfer with cash-strapped Barca only able to sign players available on a free during the summer transfer window – with the exception of Emerson Royal.

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The Brazilian right-back was brought in from Real Betis for around £12million with the intention of selling him for a profit before the window closed.

Barca did exactly that, letting Emerson leave for Tottenham in a £25.8m deal on deadline day.

Messi has expressed his desire to “help” his former club once his PSG career comes to an end.

“What is almost confirmed, and for sure, is that we are going to live in Barcelona again and that our life will be there. It’s what my wife wants and what I want,” the Argentinian told Sport.

“I do not know if when my contract with Paris ends but to live we will return to Barcelona.

“I always said that I would love to be able to help the club in what could be useful and can add and help the club to be well.

“I would love to be a technical secretary at some point. I don’t know if it will be at Barcelona or not. Or if it will be otherwise.

“If there is a possibility, I would like to contribute again in what I can because it is the club that I love and I would love for it to continue to be good, to continue growing and to continue being one of the best in the world.”

Messi also revealed his family struggled to immediately adapt to life in Paris.

He added: “The bad moments were at the beginning, when everything was suddenly, coming here, spending a month and a half in the hotel and it is not easy to do it with the boys, who had already started school.

“We were in the centre and this made the traffic unbearable. It took us an hour for school and an hour for training.

“The kids who couldn’t take any more of being in the hotel. This was difficult.”

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