- Mauricio Pochettino is backing Lionel Messi to move to the Premier League
- The tactician has said that the Argentine can play wherever he wants to play
- Poch himself has been out of job since he was fired at Tottenham last November
Mauricio Pochettino has aired his own opinion on the Lionel Messi debacle saying the Argentine will play wherever he has decided to play.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has dropped his transfer request at Barcelona, but they are not ready to let him go as the Spanish club claim his €700 million exit clause is still in place.
Lionel Messi’s father, Jorge, also had meetings with the club chiefs as well, including president Josep Bartomeu, but it all ended in stalemate as they insist he must stay to complete his contract.
However, reports earlier claim that the 33-year-old embattled star is keen on reuniting with former boss Pep Guardiola as Messi is ready to go all out and feature in the Premier League.
Aside Manchester City, Juventus, Inter Milan and Paris Saint Germain have also indicated interest in the want-away player, and ex-Spurs boss Poch stated that the Argentine can play anywhere.
He told Ole via GOAL: "Anything can happen. Messi will play wherever he wants; in Spain or the Premier League. He's ready to be the best in any league."
The tactician has been out of job since November 2019 as he was fired at Tottenham after poor run of form this season with Spurs sitting 14th place on the League standings.
The 47-year-old Argentine was not the only one who was shown the exit doors by Spurs chiefs as his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez were also axed.
Pochettino has been linked with several clubs since then, however with the pandemic putting football on hold earlier, the manager is still a free agent.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Lionel Messi has received a slight dig from his former team-mate Ivan Rakitic who has just left the Catalan club to join La Liga rivals Sevilla, following the appointment of Ronald Koeman as Quique Setien’s successor.
The words coming from the Croatian international are coming at a time Messi is desperate to also leave the club, but the Catalans are desperate to keep the star.
In a chat with reporters after he left the club, Rakitic stated that the best option for any player is always Barcelona, but admitted that it might not be the case for everyone.
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