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The Argentine side's supremo says that the diminutive attacker should feel 'obligated' to return to the club, while saying that Marcelo Bielsa is an idol to the fans.

Newell's Old Boys president Guillermo Lorente hopes Barcelona star Lionel Messi will return to the Argentine club at some point in his career.

The 25-year-old was part of Newell's youth ranks between 1995 and 2000 before moving to Barca. The Argentina international has always maintained that he plans to see out his career at Camp Nou, but Lorente has not lost hope of seeing the diminutive attacker wear Newell's shirt again.

"We can watch him and dream that one day he will come back," he told Liga BBVA's website. "He is still very young, let's hope that one day he can return, to retire here, or to play here.

"He should. It should be an obligation for him."

Lorente then spoke about the iconic status that Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa has at Newell's after guiding the club to one Primera Division title and one Clausura triumph.

"If there is one idol in the history of Newell's, it's Marcelo Bielsa," he added. "When you speak about Marcelo Bielsa, you speak about Newell's and vice versa. He talks about Newell's too - he is one of the most popular people at the club.

"One day he will come back to Newell's. He is one of the people who is most likely to have the doors open for him when he wants to come back."

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