Messi tells Barcelona not to sign PSG's Xavi Simons

Xavi Simons has progressed through the youth ranks at the Parc des Princes.

Lionel Messi has reportedly warned Barcelona against signing PSG prospect Xavi Simons.

The young gun has progressed through the youth ranks at the Parc des Princes. The 18-year-old is beginning to make fleeting appearances for the first team this season.

His contract with PSG will expire in six months. There are some speculation that Simons is planning for a return to Barcelona.

Meanwhile, El Nacional suggests that Messi has advised Barcelona manager Xavi against a move due to concerns over the Dutchman’s slow development.

The report also adds that the former Barcelona legend had the conversation with Xavi at a birthday dinner after Mino Raiola informed Barcelona of Simons’s stance, and PSG are still open to offloading the 18-year-old this year.

The Dutchman has scored three goals and six assists in six UEFA Youth League appearances this season.

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