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I thought Messi’s move to PSG was a joke – Pochettino

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Paris Saint-Germain manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has admitted the club’s sporting director, Leonardo was playing a joke on him, when he informed him that signing Lionel Messi was possible.

 

Messi joined PSG as a free agent on August 10, days after Barcelona confirmed the 34-year-old was leaving.

 

“Leonardo called me and said: ‘The possibility is there. Would you like it or not?’ The good thing is that he called me to ask. I said to myself: ‘Is it a question?’ I thought it was a joke, no? Of course,” Pochettino said.

 

“I told him: ‘Do we have to go and get him? Do I have to drive the van?’ And that is when the negotiation started. From then on Leonardo would call me every night to tell me how the situation was.”

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Messi, 34, had agreed a new five-year contract with Barca, with his previous deal having expired on June 30.

 

However, that contract would have meant Barca’s wage bill would stand at 110% of their revenue.

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