Speaking at a press conference following his Paris Saint-Germain appointment, he left the door open for a possible transfer to France for the Argentinian.
Mauricio Pochettino Fails to Rule Out Move for Lionel Messi
‘Any Big Player in the World is Welcome’
Newly appointed PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino refused to quash any rumours linking the French club with a move for Lionel Messi.
When asked whether he would speak to his fellow Argentinian this month over a possible move, he said any big player in the world was welcome to join them.
He told the Guardian: “To be honest, we are not talking about that.
“We have just arrived and it’s been a crazy period, trying to adapt to a new club. We’ve had lots of meetings, training sessions and are preparing for a game [at Saint-Étienne on Wednesday].
“For sure we are going to have time to talk about everything. At Paris Saint‑Germain, any big player in the world is, I think, welcome.”
Lionel Messi’s contract with Barcelona is set to expire later this year, leading to the circulation of rumours surrounding his future – including a possible move to PSG with Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine failed to offer any hints into possible transfer activity at the French club, avoiding any questions about Dele Alli or Christian Eriksen.
First up for Pochettino is a double-header of Ligue 1 fixtures against Saint-Etienne and Brest.
The Argentinian will then take on Marseille in the Trophee des Champions – the French equivalent of the Community Shield.
He will then face Barcelona and Messi in the last 16 of the Champions League, with the first leg taking place in Spain on February 16.
Lionel Messi’s contract at Barcelona expires later this year.