The former prestigious Barça midfielder appealed to the Argentine prodigy, currently at the end of his contract.
Xavi attended the summer camp he has been organizing every year for 23 years this week, in Santa Maria del Collell.
The former Barcelona midfielder also spoke to Mundo Deportivo about the state of his club as well as La Roja’s performances at Euro 2020.
Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi’s future was among the topics. “We have to wait,” Xavi said when asked about the future of his former teammate.
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“I imagine he’s talking to the club and the president. I wish Leo the best, as a friend to him and as a cule. I want him to continue at Barcelona, and I hope that will be announced as soon as possible. ‘
“If I had to bet I would say he will continue at the club, although in football we have seen a lot. But I would say he will continue. Leo needs Barcelona and Barcelona need Leo. He is happy in Barcelona; he’s been there his whole life. I would bet he will extend. Xavi and Messi have shared many years together, from when the Argentinian entered Barcelona first team in the 2004/05 season until when Xavi left the club after his hat-trick in 2015. .
Messi has not won a Champions League title since, by the way.
Xavi is currently a coach in Qatar and has often been linked with a return to Camp Nou as a coach.
Messi is currently in Brazil with Argentina in the Copa America. The Argentines opened their campaign with a draw against Chile before recording victories against Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.
The next step is a meeting in the quarterfinals with Ecuador. Messi was the key to Argentina’s early success, scoring three goals and providing two assists.