Paris (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino responded to a question about the potential for sensational movements of his compatriot Lionel Messi as a new coach of the French giant said, “Any big player in the world will be in Paris. You will always be welcomed at Saint-Germain. “
Argentina has been asked several times about Messi at the first press conference since he was appointed coach of PSG. Barcelona superstars have been free to negotiate with other clubs since their contract expired in June.
Former Tottenham Hotspur coach Pochettino said, “To be honest, I’m not talking about it. It’s a crazy time trying to adapt to a new club in meetings, training and preparing for tomorrow’s match. “. The first match for PSG will take place on Wednesday in Ligue 1 Saint-Etienne.
“We have time to talk in the future, but Paris Saint-Germain always welcomes big players from around the world.”
Neymar disagreed last month when he said he wanted to re-team with his old teammate Messi in Barcelona.
If that happens, it’s more likely to be in Paris than Barcelona for now, and the Catalans are financially struggling and at stake at the board level.
Messi, like Pochettino, is from Santa Fe Province, Argentina. Messi’s boyhood club was Newell’s Old Boys, where Pochettino started his career.
– Alli, Eriksen Link –
In the short term, names related to the transition to PSG in the January window include Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, who played under Pochettino in Tottenham.
“They are rumors and the reality is that we have just arrived and are working with the players here,” said Eriksen’s Pochettino, who is currently in Inter Milan.
“The current reality is complex and all of us are suffering all over the world.”
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48-year-old Pochettino left the Spurs for a little over a year, was appointed to a contract until the end of the next season, and had an additional year’s option.
He returned to Paris and spent two and a half years as a player as the successor to Thomas Tuchel between 2001 and 2003.
The Germans have been dismissed despite taking PSG to the Champions League final last season. Qatar-owned clubs are currently third in League 1 and are out of the top spot.
“I’m glad Santa Claus gave me this opportunity. We know the size of the challenge here. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world, so there’s a lot of pressure.” Said Pochettino, who is tasked with getting the most out of Neymar and his fellow superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Wednesday’s match at Saint-Etienne is the first of nine matches within seven weeks before PSG will face Messi and Barcelona in the first leg of the last 16 Champions League matches in February.
“It looks far, but next month. The most important thing for us is to do our best when we play against Barcelona,” said Argentina, who led the Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final.
“We are really confident. We have an incredible team and we aim to win and move forward, but Barcelona is one of the best clubs in the world and it will be tough. Let’s do it. “
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“PSG welcomes any big player”: Pochettino responds to Messi’s link
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