Mauricio Pochettino Claims PSG Signing Lionel Messi Would Not Mean Losing Kylian Mbappe

By Amreen
Free agent Messi has been linked with a move to PSG
Free agent Messi has been linked with a move to PSG / MB Media/Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that signing Lionel Messi would not mean Paris Saint-Germain losing Kylian Mbappe.

The former Barcelona man has been linked with a switch to the Parc des Princes following the news of his shock exit from Camp Nou. Pochettino laughed off suggestions that Mbappe could make way for Messi, instead suggesting that signing the Argentine might convince the 22-year-old to extend his stay with the Ligue 1 giants.

"I have not spoken with [Messi]," Pochettino told a pre-match press conference ahead of his side's Ligue 1 opener against Troyes. "And [any move] would not mean that Kylian would leave.

"A player of Messi's calibre, that is what is interesting to me. The club are working on several options, but we must focus on the game with Troyes. We know about what happened yesterday. The club is working on the transfer window and on the elements that could come in to improve the team and allow us to achieve our goals."

PSG are believed to be leading the race for Messi, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ruling out a move for the 33-year-old. "Messi was a surprise for everyone, me included," he said. "Right now it's not in our thoughts, absolutely not. In football you never know what is going to happen but it looks difficult."