PSG president Al-Khelaifi Issues Lionel Messi Response After Neymar's Transfer Comments

Dec 5, 2020, 1:28 PM GMT+5:30
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Lionel Messi faces an uncertain future at Barcelona and has been linked with a move to PSG | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi has declined to stoke the fire that is Lionel Messi's Barcelona future and potential transfer to PSG after Neymar's comments made the rounds last week.

After scoring twice for PSG in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Manchester United, Neymar told ESPN, "What I want the most is to enjoy playing with him [Messi] again. He can play in my role, it wouldn't be a problem with me! For sure, next year we have to do it."

Speaking to French talk show Touche Pas a Mon Poste, Al-Khelaifi was asked about the possibility of Messi coming to Paris.

"Messi is a Barcelona player. I can't talk about that," replied Al-Khelaifi.

Leandro Paredes also echoed Neymar's call for PSG to sign Messi when his Barcelona contract expires next summer.

He said: “Messi at PSG? I hope so, we all want him to come but it will be his decision. We have an incredible squad, good players, good people, we take advantage of that. As I have said, I hope Leo will make the best decision for him, but we will welcome him with open arms.”

Barca boss Ronald Koeman has reportedly told senior figures at the club to stop making public declarations about the touchy subject of Messi's future. His comments come after interim president Carlos Tusquets said this week that the club should have sold Messi during the summer transfer window.

Barcelona refused to let Messi go on a free transfer at the end of last season, resisting the player's desire to move on, when it appeared Manchester City was his likely destination.

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