“I thought it was a joke”: the PSG coach recounts the arrival of Messi in the capital (video)

Mauricio Pochettino still can’t believe it. The coach of Paris Saint-Germain returned to the arrival of Lionel Messi, landed this summer in the French capital from FC Barcelona. The Argentine player had reached the end of his contract in Catalonia and no longer had the opportunity to extend, the fault of a more than delicate economic situation.

Questioned by Cadena Cope, Mauricio Pochettino revealed behind the scenes of this transfer, which shook the world of football. It all started with a phone call from the sports director. “Leonardo calls me to say: ‘there is the possibility of signing Messi, do you like him or you don’t like him?’. The good thing is that Leonardo called me to ask me”, the coach joked. “I said, ‘Is that a real question or …?’, I thought that was a joke. He said, ‘There is a possibility that Leo is coming, what do you think? Yes or no ? ‘ And I say: ‘are we going to get him?’ “.

Then place the discussions between the different parties. “And that’s where the management begins. Every evening Leonardo would call me to explain to me where the situation was. As the possibility of PSG appears, Leo wants to come here. Then we talked about when the situation was going. became clear and there were only a few details to work out. Before, no. It was a very normal, very natural conversation. We had the advantage of having players like Neymar and Di Maria who had spoken to him and he had an idea of ​​what PSG and Paris are “, Pochettino said.

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In the end, Messi came. And now the happiness of Parisian fans.

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