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Barcelona president Joan Laporta rules out Lionel Messi return

Barca president has ruled out a return for Messi
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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted that the LaLiga giants have no interest in re-signing Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain.

Messi left Barcelona last summer to join PSG in a free transfer and has been linked with a return to Camp Nou after Mauricio Pochettino's side were eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid.

However, Laporta has insisted he is not in contact with Messi and does not consider the Argentine as an option for Barca.

"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. He is the best player in the world, Ballon d’Or winner. It is not a step backward. We did not consider it, but he deserves respect."

Messi has not been afforded the same respect at PSG as he did when at Barca with home fans booing him and teammate Neymar following the team's Champions League exit.

Laporta was also asked about Xavi, and added: "Xavi will be here for a long time."