The father of Lionel Messi is understood to have reached out to Barcelona to discuss the possibility of a return to Camp Nou in the near future.
Messi left for Paris Saint-Germain after Barcelona couldn’t afford to renew his contract, but things have been rocky at the Parc des Princes. He was booed by his own fans during Sunday’s 3-0 win over Bordeaux after he failed to lead the Parisians past Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Rumours of Mess’s possible return to Barcelona have been rife for a while now, but things stepped up to a new level recently when Gerard Romero revealed that Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, has been in contact with Barcelona in the last few days.
Jorge is believed to have told those in charge at Camp Nou that the 34-year-old is dreaming of a return to the club, and he has held a number of phone meetings to discuss the possibility. There has been no mention of Barcelona’s response, but more news is expected in the coming days.
The belief is that Messi and his family have struggled to settle in France and would be keen to return to Catalonia if the opportunity arrived, but Sport have previously noted that the Blaugrana officials are not interested.
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While they obviously have huge respect for Messi and have no resentment towards him for leaving, the feeling is that Barcelona are keen to return to a youth-oriented setup and do not want to pay for a 34-year-old Messi who appears to be in physical decline.
The creativity has still been there for Messi, who leads Ligue 1 with 11 assists in 18 games, but his return of just two goals has fallen well below expectations.