Messi is not coming back to Barcelona – Laporta

Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, has insisted they have no interest in re-signing Lionel Messi.

Messi left for Paris Saint-Germain last summer as a free agent amid financial difficulties in the Nou Camp.

Laporta has claimed he is not in direct communication with the player and does not see the PSG forward as an option for the Blaugrana.

Messi had been linked back to Camp Nou in Spanish media after PSG were eliminated from the Champions League earlier this month, but Laporta has crushed talk of his return.

“I’ve received no message from Messi or his camp over a possibility of returning back to Barcelona,” Laporta said on RAC1.

“As of today, we are not going to be raising this issue.

“I no longer have a fluid communication with Messi like I did before he left. His departure almost made me feel more bad for personal and family reasons rather than just strictly sporting.

“We’re not connsidering [Messi’s return]. We are building a new team, with a mix of young players and experience – the symbiosis is working. But Leo is Leo and he’ll always be a winner.

“For me it sure wasn’t easy [for him to go], but as it happened, I thought about the club [finances], I couldn’t put it at more risk. I think we did what we had to do.”

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