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By The Athletic Staff
1 November 2021 6:38 PM GMT
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Lionel Messi has said he wants to return to Barcelona at the end of his time at Paris Saint-Germain in a technical director role.

Messi, 34, moved to PSG in the summer transfer window, ending a 21-year stay at Barcelona.

His contract at Barcelona had expired but there was an expectation he would pen fresh terms. Messi was however forced to move once it became clear that Barcelona would not be able to keep him under La Liga’s salary cap rules.

When asked whether his next career move will be a return to Barcelona in the summer of 2023, Messi told Spanish outlet SPORT: “I don't know if that’ll happen when my PSG contract is up.

“What’s almost confirmed and certain is that we’ll return to Barcelona to live and our lives will be there.

“That’s what my wife and I want. I don’t know what’ll happen when my PSG contract ends, but we’ll go back to live in Barcelona.

“I've always said I’d love to be able to help the club do well in any way that I can be useful. I’d love to be a technical director at some point.

“I don’t know if that’ll be at Barcelona or if it might work out differently.

“If the option is there, I’d love to contribute again in any way that I can because it’s the club that I love and I’d love it to keep doing well, growing and remain one of the best in the world.”
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