'There are people in Barcelona who don't want me to return' — Messi

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'There are people in Barcelona who don't want me to return' — Messi

Faruq Ibrahim 21:50 - 07.06.2023
Lionel Messi talks about his decision to not return to Barcelona and move to Inter Miami.

Despite the publicised desire of members of Barcelona's hierarchy to bring Lionel Messi back to the club, the player reveals that there are certain characters in the club who do not want him back.

The Argentina international confirmed today that he will be joining Inter Miami amid interest from Barcelona and Al-Hilal.

What Messi said 

The 35-year-old was speaking in an interview with Catalan paper Sport today, confirming his move to MLS side Inter Miami. 

He explained his reasons for not returning to Barcelona, and the strain he could put on their project is part of them.

He said that there were members of the Barcelona board who also shared this sentiment. They believed his return would not be good for the club. 

“Surely there are people on the board who didn't want me to return, who believed that my return wouldn't have been good for the club,” Messi said.

Barcelona sporting director Matheu Alemany was reported weeks ago to be disapproving of Messi's return. This was cited as a possible reason he decided to leave for Aston Villa. 

He changed his mind and will continue at Barcelona, but his stance on Messi's return remains unconfirmed. 

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