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Mauricio Pochettino's Lionel Messi comments which may hint at PSG transfer offer


Mauricio Pochettino is finally back in management after he was confirmed as the new boss of Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

The 48-year-old, who has been out of the game since being sacked by Tottenham in 2019, has put pen to paper on a year-and-a-half long contract with the French giants, who he represented as a player.

Pochettino will no doubt be relishing the opportunity to take charge of one of Europe’s elite clubs.

And he may well soon be on the phone to his compatriot Lionel Messi to try to convince him to join him in Paris.

Messi is now free to talk to clubs outside Spain about a summer move, with his contract at Barcelona expiring at the end of the season.



Mauricio Pochettino was confirmed as the new PSG manager on Saturday

He has been linked with a move to the United States in recent weeks, but joining up with Pochettino and attempting to win the Champions League again is a challenge which would well entice him instead.

And Pochettino has made no secret in the past on his desire to one day work with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner – albeit his plan was to do so at Argentinean club Newell’s Old Boys.

Speaking to Radio de Plata last year, Pochettino said: “I want to return to Newell’s with Messi.

“I can still wait, [for an opportunity] and the best [possible scenario] would be in 10 years with Messi.”



Lionel Messi seems set to get his wish to leave Barcelona granted
Lionel Messi looks almost certain to leave Barcelona at the end of the season

The scenario may well have arrived earlier than he expected, with PSG one of the only clubs in world football who would be able to afford Messi’s mammoth wages.

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Pochettino was also unable to hide his admiration for the player ahead of his Spurs side’s Champions League game against Barcelona in 2018.

He said: “I am going to say to the players: ‘Enjoy playing against Messi, because you are going to have the opportunity to play against one of the best players in the history of football’.

“More than it worrying you, it needs to excite you to play and so you can say – like you say to me – ‘Oh, I played against Messi, or I played against Maradona, or I played against Ronaldo.



The prospect of Messi and Pochettino linking up is a fascinating one

“This is the type of player that you are going to remember. For your ego, it’s a thing that you are going to tell your kids and grandkids.”

It is quite clear, then, that Messi going to PSG is something which would be of huge interest to Pochettino.

Now it is down to Messi to decide exactly where he sees his future in what will be an intriguing few weeks of decision-making.





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