One of the main candidates to become the next Blaugrana president remains convinced that a talismanic figure can be kept at Camp Nou
Lionel Messi “wants to end his sports career at Barcelona», Affirms Victor Font, with the presidential hope of Camp Nou confident that a return to Catalonia for Xavi would help to convince an Argentinian icon to stay put.
A battle for power to one the league Heavyweights continue to rage, with elections still scheduled for January 24.
Font hopes to create a surprise during this vote and prevent Joan Laporta from returning to the conference room for the second time.
Whoever emerges victorious will have a number of issues to resolve after taking office, with the future of club captain Messi remaining Barca’s most pressing concern.
The six-time Ballon d’Or has not yet committed to a new contract and, having made an effort for outings in 2020, will fall into the free agent pool at the end of the season.
Messi has vowed not to make a next call until the end of the current campaign, with the South American spreading his happiness under Ronald Koeman.
Font believe another change to the dugout would give the 33-year-old even more reason to stay, with his plan being to bring club legend Xavi back to its roots of Qatari outfit Al Sadd.
“Messi explained it, he ideally wants to stay here and finish his sporting career at Barca,” Font said Mundo Deportivo.
“Before the summer, when there was great frustration, he always said that the most important condition for him was to have a winning and competitive project.
“We have a winning and competitive project, with people like Xavi. This relationship between Xavi and Messi exists, I think this is one of the main reasons and guarantees that Messi will feel very comfortable with our project and we will have many options to continue.
Having been in regular contact with Xavi, Font was asked whether the World Cup winner had discussed his plans with Messi.
He added: “I don’t know what they are talking about, I know they are in touch because they have a relationship, but I don’t know the extent or the details of what they are talking about.
Messi was released to speak with suitors outside of Spain with another transfer window now open, but it is keep Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain waiting as he ponders his options.