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Leaving Barcelona was a shock, but Messi adjusting well in Paris

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PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Having to depart Barcelona got here as a shock to Lionel Messi, but the Argentina ahead mentioned acquainted faces have helped him to settle at Paris St Germain.

The 34-year-old, who began his skilled profession with Barca and is their file scorer with 672 targets, joined PSG on a two-year deal in the shut season after being instructed by the Catalan membership they may not afford to maintain him. learn extra

“I came back to Barcelona (from the Copa America in July) to prepare for the season, after taking advantage of the extra days of vacation that the coach (Ronald Koeman) had given me,” Messi instructed France Football in an interview launched on Saturday.

“I had in mind to sign my contract and to start training right away. I thought that everything was settled and that all that was missing was my signature (on the contract).

“But after I arrived in Barcelona, I was instructed that it was now not potential, that I couldn’t keep and that I needed to discover one other membership, as a result of Barca couldn’t afford to increase my contract. That modified my plans.

“It was extremely hard to take. To think that we would have to leave our home and that the family would have to change its routine,” added the the six-times Ballon d’Or winner.

Messi, nonetheless, was reunited with Neymar at PSG, after he and the Brazilian performed collectively for 4 seasons at Barcelona from 2013-17, and joined compatriots Leandro Paredes and Angel Di Maria and coach Mauricio Pochettino, additionally an Argentine.

“That was a big part of my decision because I knew I was coming to a new country and had to start from scratch. Knowing that I had friends in the dressing room made me think that things would be easier to adapt to,” mentioned Messi.

“And I was not wrong, because it was very easy to settle, especially because there are many players who speak Spanish, like me, and some friends like ‘Ney’, ‘Lea’ (Paredes), ‘Fideo’ (Di Maria), who helped me when I arrived.”

After the “very painful” expertise of leaving Barca, the place Messi arrived on the age of 13, he’s now aiming to win a fifth Champions League title.

Messi varieties, with Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe, one of the crucial formidable attacking lineups in the world, but he’s conscious they should work on discovering the proper steadiness.

While Neymar and Messi have identified one another for years, the Argentine and France striker Mbappe nonetheless must construct a relationship.

“With a player like him, it’s easy to get along. Also, Kylian speaks perfect Spanish, so we have good exchanges off the pitch as well,” mentioned Messi, who has up to now scored one purpose in 5 appearances in all competitions for PSG.

“It makes things easier. Now, I’ve only been here a short time, so it’s still a bit early to draw conclusions. But I’m sure it will work out well.”

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris

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