Víctor Font, one of the candidates to be the next Barcelona president, has reiterated on several occasions his desire to bring Xavi Hernandez back to the club.
Font, in an interview with Richard Martin of Retuers, has now said that Xavi could also play a big role in the future of Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.
"Messi needs to be convinced that we have a competitive and winning project," Font said. "Xavi can play a decisive role for us in doing so.
"Xavi’s credibility and knowledge of football is such that he could convince someone like Messi. They’re friends, they know each other and they trust each other. That’s key.
"For us, the partnership between Messi and Barca is a strategic relationship and we want to make sure that we create the right conditions for Messi to play a role at the club even after his retirement. Messi could contribute a lot of ideas."