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Messi at PSG? “A possibility”, recognizes Pochettino

The Parisian coach was questioned about a potential signing of the Argentine genius in Paris, this Friday, at a press conference.

Catalan soil shook Thursday. While his extension was only a matter of time, his return to Barcelona was to be followed by an official announcement, Lionel Messi is leaving Barca. In any case, this is what the Blaugrana club says, not failing to point out that it is because of the rules on the salary cap decreed by La Liga. And this while Barcelona and Messi were, it is said, agreed for five more years. Since then, rumors have been rife. But there are not many clubs capable of hosting the 34-year-old Argentinian six-fold Golden Ball. Manchester City is one of them. Especially since Pep Guardiola and he are not frankly strangers … Except that the Spanish technician has, no later than this Friday, ruled out this track. Unless you imagine a departure from the Pulga in MLS, all eyes are therefore necessarily on Paris.

Moreover, the PSG has several times tried to attract Lionel Messi (and Cristiano Ronaldo) in its nets, in vain. He consoled himself with Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappé. Leonardo cleverly slipped this in last January, at France Football : “Great players like Messi will always be on the PSG list. But this is of course not the time to talk about it, or to dream about it. (…) But we are seated at the large table of those who are following the file closely. Actually, no, we’re not seated yet, but our chair is just reserved in case …

“Regarding Messi, we know what happened (Thursday). “

Mauricio Pochettino

This time it’s time to sit down at the table. Now or never ! Various sources report direct contacts between the capital club and the Argentine genius. The subject could therefore only be addressed this Friday, at a press conference, Mauricio Pochettino answering questions from journalists, at Camp des Loges, on the eve of the first day of Ligue 1 and the trip to Troyes, Saturday (9 p.m.) . “We are focused on the start of the season. At the same time, the club is working discreetly but hard on the transfer window to improve the team in order to achieve the objectives“, First indicated the Argentinian technician of 49 years, passed by Newell’s Old Boys in his beginnings, like… Messi. And this before admitting that he could not miss the news that fell Thursday to everyone’s surprise. “Regarding Messi, we know what happened yesterday. But I wouldn’t say anything more. We are focused on winning in Troyes and getting the season off to a good start. At the same time, Leonardo (sports director) and our president (Nasser Al-Khelaïfi) are working hard to improve the team.

There is no doubt that President Al-Khelaïfi, “Leo” and the most influential decision-makers and advisers in Doha are indeed working hard on this dossier and its financial feasibility. Obviously, with already Neymar Jr, Mbappé or Angel Di Maria, Paris-SG already has plenty to do in attack. But can we really miss an opportunity like this? “When you talk about players of his caliber, it is an opportunity that may or may not arise for many clubs, including PSG. The club is working hard and if there is more information you will be in the know», Adds«Poached», Relaunched on the possible arrival of his illustrious compatriot in Paris.

“When we talk about the transfer window, anything can happen. “

Mauricio Pochettino

And to continue: “In all cases, we evaluate the options and of course, it is one of the options. When we talk about transfer window, anything can happen.The word is out. Messi, an option for PSG. This is enough to make the regulars of the Parc des Princes salivate. Obviously, it would be less gratifying if the arrival of the Argentine “Chip” was synonymous with Mbappé’s departure. “NoPochettino simply replied on this subject. Note that some English media reported direct exchanges between the two Argentines. “I did not speak to the English media“, has slipped “PoachedTo evade the question. And to conclude: “My responsibility as a coach is to make sure that the players who are available for tomorrow’s game are focused on that and that we take the three points.“It will indeed be the priority of Pochettino and his players, to start the championship well after having let slip the title in Lille in 2020-21.

We have the rage, the hatred of defeat. We will do everything to highlight the effort that the club is making to improve the workforce and give satisfaction to our supporters“, Promises Mauricio Pochettino,”very happy“Of the Paris transfer window and which judges”very pleasant“The way of working, with”collegial decisions“. This changes from his predecessor, Thomas Tuchel, in permanent conflict with Antero Henrique then Leonardo… Good news: the entire workforce is now reunited in Saint-Germain-en-Laye with the return of the last holidaymakers. At work for several days already at Camp des Loges, Mbappé “has a good chance of starting»In Troyes. It will undoubtedly be necessary to wait again for Neymar, Di Maria, Leo Paredes or Marco Verratti, who all posed until recently with… Lionel Messi from their resort. Premonitory?


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