The midfielder is disappointed that he will not connect with his compatriot at club level in 2021-22
Lionel Messi was a ‘dream’ to join Paris Saint-Germain, says Leandro Paredes, who is left behind and regrets that an agreement for his Argentine team-mate ‘did not happen’.
Messi shocked the football world by submitting a formal transfer request last summer, and although he finally stayed the last year of his contract at Camp Nou, the 2020-21 campaign was full of speculation about which club he would go to next time .
PSG was considered the most likely destination for the 34-year-old, who is now officially a free agent, but Purpose learned it Barca have reached an agreement to re-sign the talismanic artist on another long-term agreement.
What was said?
The chance of the French outfit to acquire Messi is now in smoke, to Paredes’ disappointment, who wanted to liaise with his compatriot at Parc des Princes after won the Copa America in 2020 with Argentina.
“Yes, there was a lot of talk at the club when it became clear that Leo could come to Paris,” said the PSG midfielder. ESPN. “It was a dream to imagine that he could be with us next season.
‘But hey, that did not happen. I hope he likes where he plays. ‘
PSG’s failed bid for Messi
PSG have made no secret of their desire to sign Messi, with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and sporting director Leonardo who confirmed their public interest earlier this year.
Former Barca winger Neymar also had plans to reunite with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner at the Parc des Princes in December, while Paredes said the club would “openly” him in the same month. will welcome.
However, Paredes fell back three months later. when he says that PSG asked him not to talk about Messi, who reportedly turned down several offers in favor of signing an extension at Camp Nou.
When will Messi’s new contract be announced?
Barcelona will formally announce Messi’s new contract in the coming weeks, after finalizing some minor details amid their struggle to lower their overall wage bill in line with La Liga restrictions.
The Argentines have agreed to take a 50 percent wage cut as the Blaugrana continues to try to save costs, with the the terms of his new agreement to keep him at Camp Nou until at least 2026.