Messi admits desire to return to Barca

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With Lionel Messi having joined Paris Saint-Germain three months ago, the Argentine has now admitted he wants to return to Barcelona when his time in France is done.   

After Messi's deal with Barca came to an end in June, club president Joan Laporta confirmed ahead of the 2021/22 season that the Catalan giants could not afford to offer the six-time Ballon d'Or winner a new contract, despite the player himself offering to lower his wages by 50%.   

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This left the 34-year-old with no choice other than to negotiate a move to a new club, and he soon made the switch to the French giants.  

Messi has had a difficult start to life in Paris, however, as he continues to search for his first goal in Ligue 1, while off the pitch, the hotel he and his family were staying in was reportedly burgled.  

In a recent interview, the Barcelona icon, who signed for Les Parisiens on a two-year deal with an option for a third year, spoke of a possible move back to Spain, and to his boyhood club, when asked if he would consider a return to the country when his contract in France is over.

"I've always said I'd love to be able to help the club do well in any way that I can be useful," Messi told Sport.

"I'd love to be a technical director at some point.  

"I don't know if that'll be at Barcelona or if it might work out differently.  

"If the option is there, I'd love to contribute again in any way that I can because it's the club that I love and I'd love it to keep doing well, growing and remain one of the best in the world.

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"I don't know when my contract with PSG will end.  

"But what is almost confirmed, and certain, is that we are going to live in Barcelona and our life will be there. It's what my wife wants and I want. 

"It was a lot of time in the same place, the routine, the daily way of life, going into a changing room I knew like the back of my hand.  

"Moving to Paris was a complete change. It meant arriving somewhere that was totally new, both the city and the club.

"I loved the life I had in Barcelona, the club, and it's something I miss, although it doesn't mean things are not good here.

"Everything was easy and nearby. I would take the children to school and go back home, then head to training, return home for something to eat, and go and pick the kids up.  

"Today, I don't have time to take the children to school and pick them up and go to training." 

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