Mauricio Pochettino returned, for El Partidazo by COPE and Radio Marca, on the resounding arrival of Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain.
The Parisian coach welcomed the investment of his leaders to attract to France the 34-year-old Argentine striker, who landed after the failure of the signing of a new contract with FC Barcelona. “We have to underline the work of Leonardo, of our president and of the entire board of the club, who in two or three days were able to manage the signing of the best player in the world. Everyone had assumed that Leo Messi was going to continue at FC Barcelona, and then everything went very quickly. “
Asked about the backstage of the deal, the 49-year-old coach admits that he did not expect the arrival of his compatriot. “Leonardo called me to say: ‘There is the possibility of signing Messi, do you like him or you don’t like him?’ The good thing is that Leonardo called me to ask me. I said, ‘Is that a question or…?’ I thought it was a joke. He said: ‘There is a possibility that Leo is coming, what do you think? Yes or no.’ And I said, ‘We’re going to get him.’ And that’s where the direction started. Every evening, Leonardo called me to explain to me how the situation was. “