PSG Star Leandro Paredes Echoes Neymar's Call for Lionel Messi to Move to France

Dec 4, 2020, 1:22 PM GMT+5:30
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Leandro Paredes has echoed Neymar's call for Lionel Messi to move to the French capital | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

Leandro Paredes has echoed Neymar's call for Paris Saint-Germain to sign Lionel Messi when his Barcelona contract expires next summer.

Messi has been linked with a move to PSG after making his desire to leave Barcelona well-known last summer. And hopes a fellow countryman can be tempted to the French capital.

He told ESPN: “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.”

Messi has been linked with a reunion with Neymar, and the Brazilian had already stated his desire for Messi to make a move to PSG prior to Paredes joining the conversation.

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."

Barcelona remain desperate to persuade Messi to stay and sign a new deal with former president Joan Laporta reading little into comments from Neymar and Co.

He told Radio Catalunya: “It is normal for him to say it, they are friends and have an established understanding between them. This relationship is normal. I hope that Leo can wait and listen to the proposal of the new Barcelona president.”

“We have contact with Leo, I know he appreciates me, we respect each other, but we have not talked about the renewal. Messi guarantees you to aspire to be able to win everything. I want him to stay at Barca.”