According to reports from Catalan journalist Joan Fontes, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has issued an apology to club legend Lionel Messi, potentially paving the way for the Argentine to return to the club.
Messi’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, as he nears the end of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. While it was previously thought that he could renew with the French club, doubts have started to emerge regarding whether that will be the case. Reports from France suggest that PSG may be unwilling to meet Messi’s contract demands, and that some within the club are unsure about the extension.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have been working to assess whether re-signing Messi is feasible for them, given their ongoing Financial Fair Play issues. One of the main obstacles for the deal to happen was believed to be the frosty relationship between the two camps over how Messi’s exit was handled in 2021.
However, recent developments suggest that there may be some easing off on that front. Messi’s father, Jorge, recently met with Laporta in Barcelona to discuss a possible return and a tribute to the Argentine captain. And now, Fontes is reporting that Laporta has already spoken to Messi and apologized for the way his exit was handled.
According to the report, Messi was reportedly very happy with how the conversation went, and manager Xavi Hernandez has been in constant touch with his former teammate, along with Alejandro Echevarría, Laporta’s brother-in-law, who has been trying to bridge the gap between the two parties.
In addition, Xavi reportedly met with Messi back in November to explain his plans to use him in the right-interior position and to inform him that he will try to keep Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba at the club so that he can be comfortable if he returns.
While it is reported that Messi dreams of a comeback and his family is hoping to return to Barcelona, there is no guarantee that such a move will materialize. Financial Fair Play issues continue to loom over the Catalans, and it is uncertain what kind of contract they would be able to offer their prodigal son.
However, if Laporta’s apology is genuine and Messi is truly interested in returning to Barcelona, it could be a big boost for the club’s efforts to re-sign him. It remains to be seen how the situation will develop in the coming weeks and months, but Messi’s potential return to Barcelona is sure to be one of the most closely-watched transfer stories of the summer.