Xavi: ‘Leave Messi alone’

Coach Xavi Hernandez insists this is not the right time to talk about Lionel Messi’s future.

Messi’s future is currently unpredictable.

“With Leo, let’s see what happens. However, now is not the right time to talk about his future,” coach Xavi Hernandez shared in the press conference before the match against Inter Milan on the morning of 5 / /. 10 (Hanoi time) in the Champions League group stage.


“I like Leo very much. He’s a friend and I will wish him the best. Barca is Messi’s home but we don’t use that to talk about his future. Leave Leo alone and enjoy it.” enjoy the time playing football in Paris”, the Spaniard continued.


The current contract between Messi and PSG is valid until June 2023. However, the Argentine star has not said anything about the future to be able to focus on the 2022 World Cup. Some rumors about Messi returning to Barca have since emerged.


Messi left Barca in the context of the Catalan giant facing a financial crisis. Last time, the Camp Nou team implemented economic levers to improve the situation. Goal believes that if Messi returns, Barca can manage to pay the Argentine superstar.


Barcelona’s vice-president, Eduard Romeu, previously confirmed: “Financially, it is possible because he is about to become a free agent. But the decision was made. The final decision rests with the coaching staff and the players. I don’t have the right to decide, but I can say that Messi’s return is possible.”


In the season 2022/23, Messi showed impressive performance. In the PSG shirt, he scored 7 goals and had 7 assists, making a great contribution to helping PSG lead Ligue 1 with 25 points after 9 matches.


Regarding the national team, Messi scored 10 goals from the beginning of 2022 to reach 90 goals in the team. Leo also surpassed rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the number of goals on free kicks. With a goal in the 2-1 win against Nice on October 2, Messi has scored 60 goals from set pieces while Ronaldo has only 58 goals.