Asked if he wants Messi to return to the club, Xavi told reporters: “Yes, but at the moment Leo has a contract with another club, so it’s not possible.
“It’s impossible. It makes no sense to talk about Messi now,” he said, adding: “He is the best footballer in the world and in the history of football.”
The manager said president Joan Laporta had expressed his hope that “the story of Leo and Barça will continue”.
“We’ll see in the future,” Xavi added.
Messi, who made his Barcelona debut in 2004, has won 10 La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with the Catalan club.
In the summer of 2020, Messi admitted that he wanted to leave Barcelona “all year” and stated that a clause in his contract meant he could do it for free, but in the end Messi was forced to stay as the club did not agree and was not is willing to cut its buyout clause by 700 million euros ($897 million).
In the end, the Argentine was ready and willing to stay at the club, but financial difficulties at Barça led Messi to make his famous move to the French capital.