In light of the recent Barcelona crisis with Lionel Messi, i media they talked about the French Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, two possible destinations for the Argentine legend, but it seems that they did not compete alone for the player.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone revealed his personal attempts to recruit Messi, 34, last summer, in a statement to the Spanish sports magazine Ole.
The Argentine coach said he tried to persuade his compatriot to join the team from the Spanish capital, through the mediation of Messi’s former colleague in Barcelona and his close friend Luis Suarez, who moved to the club last year. Atletico Madrid with a surprising agreement.
Simeone continued to “Ole”: “I’ll tell you something, when all this happened in Barcelona (Messi crisis), we contacted Suarez with respect”.
He added: “I didn’t contact Messi, but I called Suarez and asked him about Messi, how he thinks and if there is the slightest hypothetical possibility of him coming to Atletico Madrid.”
“It took 3 hours – explained Simeone -. It was clear that Paris Saint-Germain was obsessed with his purchase”.
Barcelona, immersed in a severe financial crisis, failed to meet Messi’s financial demands with the expiration of his contract months ago, and the two sides came to a dead end that led to the team leader’s departure for Paris Saint-Germain.
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