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Xavi 'worried' over potential Lionel Messi return

George Priestman

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Xavi 'worried' over potential Lionel Messi return

Barcelona manager Xavi is reportedly 'worried' over a potential return of Lionel Messi to the club because of Robert Lewandowski.

Messi, 35, was forced out of the Catalan club in the summer of 2021 following their inability to afford his wages following a financial crisis.

Despite him finding top form this season, rumours of a potential return to the club refuse to go away.

The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner's contract at Paris Saint-Germain runs out next summer and there will have to be a decision made regarding his future, with a return to Spain not out of the question.

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A report from the Daily Mail claims Xavi is sceptical over such a move because of Lewandowski because he's unsure how he would fit both into his side.

Not to mention that they already boast a deep attacking roster that includes Ferran Torres, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, Raphinha and Memphis Depay already at the club.

Xavi had kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the former Barcelona star but refused to rule out a move.

"With Leo, let's see, but it's not the moment to talk about it right now,” he stated.

"You know the love I have for him. He is a friend and I will always wish him the best. Barca is his home, but we're not doing him any favours speaking about [his future], either.

"Let's leave him in peace to enjoy his time in Paris and wish him all the best."

Messi celebrates his first against Maccabi. (Image Credit: Alamy)
Messi celebrates his first against Maccabi. (Image Credit: Alamy)

Tasked with replacing Messi's output, Lewandowski joined Barca as one of the most prolific strikers in the world football, and has continued such form at the Camp Nou this season.

He's managed to maintain his almost unattainable high standards with 17 goals in just 16 games in all competitions, as well as four assists on top of that.

One thing the Polish forward failed to achieve this season was qualification to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League; his side crashed out of Group C to his former club Bayern Munich and Inter Milan, with all eyes on the Europa League.

Whilst Messi and Neymar and Kylian Mbappe had contrasting fortunes as they swept aside Maccabi Haifa F.C. 7-2 to ensure their qualification.

It was another masterclass from Messi and co as the Argentinian contributed two goals and two assists as he broke Brazilian legend Pele's record for most goals and assists in football history during the Champions league game.

A return to Barcelona could be a dream return for fans but it will no doubt depend on how successful PSG are this season and even potentially what happens in the World Cup.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain

George Priestman
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