Messi: Cesc has Barça in his blood
Speculation continues to link Barça with a bid for the Spain midfielder this summer, and the reigning FIFA World Player believes his old friend is destined to return to Catalonia.
"Cesc has a place for Arsenal in his heart, but he has Barcelona in his blood," Messi told the Daily Express.
"He will want to win the biggest prizes in football, and I expect him to do that at Barcelona.
"I don't exactly know when that will be, but I expect him to be my Barcelona team-mate again at some point."
Barça for life
Messi poured water on English hopes of him one day playing on these shores, however.
"Will I play in the Premier League one day? I have said that I want to be at Barcelona for life," he explained.
"I will be here for as long as they want me. I owe Barcelona more than for giving me a chance - I owe them for changing my life."