Suara.com – Lionel Messi has only been seen wearing a Barcelona shirt at club level during his professional career, however Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that his compatriot is close to playing for city rivals Espanyol.
Pochettino, who was in his second spell at Espanyol as a player at the time, stated that everything had been sealed before the Joan Gamper Trophy in 2004.
“You always dream of having the best players,” Pochettino told El Larguero when asked about Messi.
“Messi will play for Espanyol. He was practically on loan before Joan Gamper against Juventus [Fabio] Capello.”
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Messi himself is currently being heavily reported wanting a reunion with Neymar at PSG. Leonardo, PSG’s Sports Director, did not deny that the Paris city club was interested in bringing in a player nicknamed La Pulga or The Flea.
Regarding Messi and Neymar’s reunion at PSG, Pochettino chose not to say much because currently Messi belongs to Barcelona.
“I heard Neymar’s statement about playing next year with Messi,” he admitted.
“I think I have to be very careful about what I say about players from other teams.”
Last year Mauricio Pochettino’s name emerged when Barcelona kicked Ernesto Valverde and then sacked his successor, Quique Setien.
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At that time, Pochettino was touted as a candidate for Barcelona coach. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager reportedly met with Josep Maria Bartomeu, who was then president of Barcelona FC.
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