Achraf Hakimi surprised by Leo Messi's behaviour in PSG dressing room

Mudeet Arora
Hakimi has praised Messi's presence in the dressing room at PSG
Hakimi has praised Messi's presence in the dressing room at PSG / ANP Sport/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi has revealed that he and his teammates were left surprised by the way Lionel Messi conducted himself in the dressing room after his arrival from Barcelona.

Messi moving to PSG was one of the biggest transfer shocks in history and since making the move to France, the Argentine has featured in three games for them, but is yet to open his goalscoring for the club.

While we await that, Messi has been heavily praised by his teammates, especially Hakimi in his recent interview with French outlet L'Equipe.

"For Messi to leave Barça, like everyone else, I didn't expect it. And when I heard you were coming here, what can I say? A dream for me! I played with many great players and the only one I missed was Messi! I am proud to evolve with such a good footballer.

"To progress, I will pay attention to how he trains, how he plays. It will grow the team and each of the players that make it up. We speak the same language, in addition, little by little we are getting to know each other."

Revealing his surprise at Messi's incredibly humble behaviour, Hakimi stated, "Building a technical relationship with him is easy! I give him the ball, I run and he will put it where it belongs!(Laughs)I was surprised by the way he behaved, he is simple, quiet."

Meanwhile, Pochettino also updated on Messi's injury and said, "The club has already communicated Leo's situation and it's clear. We had seen that Messi was touching his knee. I'm very happy with what he did during the match [against Lyon]. After 75 minutes, taking into account the information we had, we made the decision [to bring him off].

"Messi is a great champion, and like all great champions, he didn't want to come off. I'm happy with his commitment and his performance. He hasn't scored yet, but he played very well."