Barcelona president Joan Laporta says the membership is Messi’s “house” as they give the impression of being to re-sign the ahead this summer time.
The Argentine’s contract at Paris St-Germain expires in June, with studies linking him to Saudi Arabia.
However in an interview with Spanish broadcaster TV3, Laporta mentioned Barcelona can compete with anybody for the 35-year-old’s signature.
“Historical past backs us, the emotions are too robust, we have now 400 million followers all over the world too,” he mentioned.
Messi left the Catalan giants two years in the past after 21 years on the membership however has struggled throughout his two seasons in France, with followers booing him after their 5-0 win over Ajaccio on the weekend.
Laporta mentioned there had been an “affectionate dialog” between the 2 and that he congratulated Messi on successful the World Cup in Qatar final 12 months.
“He’s a Paris St-Germain participant and we have now to attend till the top of the season, till it’s over, after which we are able to discuss extra calmly about this,” Laporta added.
“With all due respect to Saudi Arabia, Barca is Barca, and it’s house.”
The feedback come after Barcelona gained their first La Liga title in 4 years with a 4-2 win over Espanyol on Sunday.
Laporta gave the impression to be extra reserved than throughout a late evening Twitch stream after the win, on which he’s reported to have mentioned the membership would do “all the pieces attainable” to signal Messi.