Lionel Messi has once again expressed his desire to play in Argentina before his career ends, but has insisted that he has put no time frame to leave Spain.
The 28-year-old forward began his career with Argentine side Newell’s Old Boys and later moved to Barcelona’s academy in 2001.
Many top Premier League clubs are understood to be keen to get Messi’s signature, and there are also rumours of a Guardiola-Messi reunion. However, the La Liga leaders have no intention of selling him.
Messi has no immediate plans of leaving Camp Nou either, but has admitted that he finds a move back to his homeland at some stage quite appealing.
“It’s something that I would still like to do. I don’t know when, but it’s a possibility,” he told Argentinian magazine El Grafico.
“I haven’t set myself any goals, short or long term, but I’d like to keep playing whilst my body allows it and I have something to offer the team. When I know that it’s time, I’ll make a decision.”
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who guided his country to the World Cup final in 2014 before losing to Germany in extra-time, has also admitted that he would rather win team accolades than breaking any individual records.
“I prefer to win something with the national team,” he said. “I am not interested in records. They are there, but that does not make you win titles.
“I get upset whenever we lose with Argentina because I know that we should have won. We did enough to win the World Cup and the Copa América.”