After months of speculation over his future, Lionel Messi has confirmed he will not be joining FC Barcelona this summer and will be signing with Inter Miami.
The move is a blow to FC Barcelona, who had high hopes of convincing the Argentine to return to the club, but it was ultimately the lack of registration guarantees that made his return unviable.
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Despite this, Messi has admitted he wants to return to Barcelona in the future (via MD), although he is unlikely to do so as a player.
Not as a player?
“It is obvious that I would like to be close to the club. I will live in Barcelona. It’s one of the things we’ve made clear with my wife and kids.
“I hope that one day I can bring something to the club, because it’s a club that I love. I appreciate the affection that people have shown me during my career and I would like to return to it”.
There is no doubt that FC Barcelona would like Messi to return to the club in some role in the future, although they would have very much liked him to return as a player this summer.
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