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Xavi reveals his plans for Messi’s return

Xavi has provided further details on the way he would structure his Barcelona team in the event of Lionel Messi’s return to the Catalan club.

Xavi has disclosed the position in which Messi would feature if the Argentine maestro were to make a remarkable comeback to the Blaugrana. The rumors of Messi rejoining the Spanish giants have circulated as his contract with Paris Saint-Germain is nearing expiration this summer.

Xavi has outlined that Messi could fulfill various roles within his team’s lineup and would be a vital component of Barcelona’s forthcoming triumphs if he were to return to Camp Nou.

Speaking to Spanish publication Sport, the former Barcelona midfielder explained how the Blaugrana would adopt the same playing style even after La Pulga’s return: “It would be practically the same, the same idea and model. Leo could play in various positions, in various positions: as a false nine, as a winger, as an inside player, even at the base coming in to make the final pass.”

Xavi explains how he would implement Messi into Barca’s current squad

Xavi’s plan to incorporate Messi into his Barcelona team has faced scrutiny from multiple critics who have raised doubts about Messi’s defensive capabilities and his suitability for Xavi’s system. These critics question whether Messi would be a good fit in a Barcelona side that is aiming for success in European competitions in the upcoming season.

To brush aside these allegations, Xavi said: “In the end, but you cannot ask [Ousmane] Dembéle for the same defensive level as [Jules] Koundé.”

Multiple reports have indicated that Messi may depart from PSG at the conclusion of the season, but the Argentine captain has expressed his desire to continue playing European football for a few more seasons.

This inclination could eliminate the possibility of him joining a Saudi or MLS team. but with Xavi emphasizing that Messi’s inclusion would strengthen Barcelona, the Spanish club would make every effort to bring back their beloved player to Catalonia.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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