Pochettino: I did not believe we would transfer Messi

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he did not expect Paris Saint-Germain to sign Lionel Messi this summer.

The 34-year-old was informed by Barcelona that they could not afford to keep him. Even if he received a 50 per cent pay cut. And this opened the door for him to make the switch to the Parc des Princes.

“I may not be the most suitable person to describe Messi.” Pochettino told UEFA.

“There are many more people who have a broader vocabulary to describe it closer to the reality that Leo deserves.

“He will always be considered one of the best in the world. Since he arrived, he has really adapted very quickly and is training very well. Trying to reach his highest level as quickly as possible to compete at his best.

“I did not think it was possible. And when an opportunity arises and everything goes so fast, you can not process it right away.”

“However, there is a connection: we are both Argentines, we both support Newell’s [Old Boys], we both come from Rosario.”

“I also admired him for a long time when I had him as an opponent. So having him now to train with us is really good. We hope that, together, we will be able to achieve what the club wants. “

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