Leandro Paredes has echoed Neymar’s calls for Lionel Messi to make a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with one Argentina international hoping to be joined by another at Parc des Princes. A big future call is facing a six-time Ballon d’Or winner at Barcelona.
Messi made one push for the exits over the summer as he sought to take on a new challenge and bring his career-long association with the Blaugrana to a close.
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His path was quickly blocked, leading the 33-year-old to reveal to Goal that he will be honoring his contract. That deal is due to come to a close in the summer of 2021 and, with no extension agreed, he will be free to speak with interested parties from January.
Few sides in world football could afford to finance a move for Messi or match his ambition, but PSG forms part of an elite club. Premier League heavyweights Manchester City also fall into that category and have seen a move for a modern-day icon mooted, but Paredes hopes a fellow countryman can be tempted to the French capital.
He told ESPN: “Messi at PSG? I hope so, we all want him to come but it will be his decision. “We have an incredible squad, good players, good people, we take advantage of that. “As I have said, I hope Leo will make the best decision for him, but we will welcome him with open arms.”
The Brazilian forward said after finding the target in a 3-1 Champions League win over Manchester United: “What I want the most is to enjoy playing with him again.” When asked where that reunion would occur, Neymar said with a laugh: “He can play in my role, it wouldn’t be a problem with me! “For sure, next year we have to do it.”
Barca is currently in the process of doing all they can to keep Messi on their books, with former president Joan Laporta – who is back in the running to take the reins again in 2021 – reading little into comments from Neymar and Co. He has told Radio Catalunya: “It is normal for him to say it, they are friends and have an established understanding between them. This relationship is normal.
“I hope that Leo can wait and listen to the proposal of the new Barcelona president.” Laporta added: “We have contact with Leo, I know he appreciates me, we respect each other, but we have not talked about the renewal. “Messi guarantees you to aspire to be able to win everything. I want him to stay at Barca.”