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Barcelona and LaLiga study ‘road-map’ for possible Leo Messi return

Representatives from the club and LaLiga met in a restaurant in Madrid this week to discuss the viability of a possible return of the Argentine to Barça.

Barcelona and LaLiga study ‘road-map’ for possible Leo Messi return
Mohammed BadraEFE

Spanish television show El Chiringuito de Jugones have reported that a meeting took place between FC Barcelona and LaLiga representatives in a central Madrid restaurant with a possible return for Leo Messi to the Catalan club the aim of the gettogether.

FC Barcelona were represented by sporting director Mateu Alemany and head of finance Ferrán Olivé. LaLiga’s attendees were Javier Gómez (corporate general director) and Óscar Mayo, executive general director.

The meeting was said to have lasted just over an hour with Óscar Mayo, (Javier Tebas’ right-hand man) the first to leave the lunch meeting. Shortly after Javier Gómez departed and left Mateu Alemany and Ferrán Olivé behind as the pair spent a further two hours working on the calculations and attempting to generate a feasibility plan for Leo Messi to wear the ‘azulgrana’ FC Barcelona shirt again.

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Paris St Germain's Lionel Messi STEPHANE MAHEREUTERS

At the end of the meeting, El Chiringuito asked Alemany about issues discussed and the executive simply stated that it was “it was an informal meal” with Edu Aguirre (El Chiringuito journalist) later stating: “Messi is going to play for Barcelona. I think Messi is coming back. It is clear that LaLiga now just needs to give the ok”.