Former Real Madrid president, Ramon Calderon, has insisted that the club would welcome Lionel Messi enthusiastically if the Argentina captain decided to move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer transfer window.
Calderon said that great players like Messi go where they want, adding that he is a professional player.
Messi is all but certain to leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer as he is yet to sign a new contract with the French Ligue 1 champions.
The 35-year-old has been linked with Al-Hilal, Barcelona and Inter Miami.
Asked if he would sign Messi for Real Madrid, Calderon said on Argentinian radio show Super Deportivo Radio (via Infobae):
“Of course, he is still a professional player. He still has two years to play at the highest level.
“He is a player that you always have to try to keep close. The great players go where they want. If Messi decided to come to Real Madrid, I’m sure everyone would welcome him with open arms.”