Joan Laporta hopes Messi and Iniesta will return to the Camp Nou

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta hopes Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta will return to the Camp Nou in the future.

         “I throw in” Xavi Hernandez as boss and bring former player Dani Alves back to help the team through the current crisis of the team for free on Wednesday past.

         While both Messi and Iniesta remain at the club, Laporta has confirmed the pair could return to the club in the future.

         “I didn’t rule out that opportunity (Messi and Iniesta returned to Barca), it happened with Dani and I have to thank him because he saw the situation at the club and wanted to help,” Laporta said.

         “I still have to thank him and sacrifice money. We are changing the situation But now he has tried. It should be appreciated.”

         “They are the people who make the club great, Messi and Iniesta are the best, I can’t predict the future. They are still playing. But they make the club great. We will always remember them even though they are now at another club and you have to respect that. But you never know.”

Alves will begin training with his team-mates. This week but cannot make an appearance until January due to La Liga rules.

The Brazilian has also agreed to be one of the club’s lowest paid players on a deal until the end of the season amid Barca’s financial struggles and Laporta has thanked him for his help.

‘Thank you for coming back,’ Laporta said to Alves. ‘We will do it again, Dani. It is a day full of emotions that are repeated from when you [first] came to Barcelona.